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National Ta Day – January 17, 2023

National Ta Day is celebrated on 17 January every year to appreciate all the people called Ta all over the world. Ta is a common last name found in Vietnam among the Chinese community. This name is a transliteration of a Chinese surname which means to thank, apologize, wither, and decline. Most of the Tas who left China and have settled down overseas in the last 400 years most likely came from Guangdong and Fujian provinces.

History of National Ta Day

Ta is a Vietnamese surname of Han Chinese origin. It is considered to be the Vietnamese variation of the Chinese surname Xie. When people from South China migrated to Vietnam, they changed their surnames and adopted Vietnamese surnames. As their Chinese surname translated into ‘thank’, they adopted the surname ‘Ta’ as it also meant thank you, but in Vietnamese.

Many people with the Ta surname have made their mark in history, and one of them is Ta Phong Tần. Born on September 15, 1968, Ta is a Vietnamese dissident blogger who was a former policewoman and a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam. Ta Phong Tan began blogging while she was a policewoman, and in 2004, she became a freelance journalist. She started a blog titled ‘Cong Ly va Su That’ in 2006 which translates into ‘Justice and Truth’, which reported on the truth about police abuses. Shortly after, she was expelled from the Community Party of Vietnam and lost her job because of extreme criticism. She was arrested in 2011 on anti-state propaganda charges.

On July 30, 2011, her mother, Dang Thi Kim Lieng, immolated herself in front of the government offices in Bac Lieu Province to protest charges against her daughter. Ta Phong Tan was sentenced to 10 years in prison. This decision was opposed by many groups, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the U.S. State Department, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch. She was released in 3 years and traveled to the U.S. after that.

National Ta Day timeline

1968
Ta Phong Tan is Born

Ta Phong Tan was born in 1968 and is a former policewoman and a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

2006
The Blog About Police Abuse

Ta Phong started writing a blog titled ‘Cong Ly va Su That,’ which reported on police abuses.

2011
The Arrest

The government puts Ta Phong Tan under arrest on the charge of anti-state propaganda.

2012
The Prison Sentence

Ta Phong was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was released after three years.

National Ta Day FAQs

What ethnicity is of Ta?

Ta name is a common surname in Trinidad and Tobago and Vietnam.

What is a Cambodian last name?

Many Cambodian surnames are derived from Chinese words, like Lim, Seng, etc.

Why do people in Vietnam have three names?

They have patrilineal names in which children inherit the father’s name at birth, and the middle name is a secondary personal name.

National Ta Day Activities

  1. Wish people

    This day is for people with the name Ta. Wish them and celebrate this day with them.

  2. Read the history

    Read the history of Tas and learn about them. They have a rich history, and it’s famous in many countries.

  3. Spread awareness

    Spread awareness about this day. Tell people that this day exists to celebrate the Ta people.

5 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Ta Surname

  1. Some famous people with Ta surname

    Ta Chi Dai Truong, Ta Phong Tan, Ta Thu Thau, Ta Ty, and Ta Van Phung are some of the famous people with the Ta surname.

  2. The name’s spread to the world

    Due to globalization, the Ta surname is now also found in the U.S., Canada, and Scotland.

  3. Ta families in the U.S.

    In 1880, the U.S. registered the most Ta families with eight families living in California.

  4. A common name in Trinidad and Tobago

    Ta is a common last name in Trinidad and Tobago among its Chinese community.

  5. The name’s ranked at 4,434

    In terms of the common surnames in the U.S., Ta is ranked 4,434.

Why We Love National Ta Day

  1. It is a day for Tas

    Everyone deserves a day for themselves, and this day is to appreciate Tas. This day spreads awareness and appreciates the Tas in the world.

  2. It is a day of celebration

    It is a day of celebration and joy. It celebrates people and brings them happiness.

  3. It brings people joy

    This celebration of Tas brings joy to people. It makes them feel special and adds delight to the day.

National Ta Day dates

YearDateDay
2023January 17Tuesday
2024January 17Wednesday
2025January 17Friday
2026January 17Saturday
2027January 17Sunday

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