Vietnamese Family Day is a national holiday celebrated on June 28 every year in Vietnam. It was promulgated by Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem in 2001 and has been observed every year since then. This holiday celebrates the Vietnamese family and its core values, such as prosperity, equality, progression, and happiness. On this day, some cities in Vietnam promote festivals and different sorts of cultural and sportive activities for all families. There are also campaigns for gifting orphans and children in need.
History of Vietnamese Family Day
Vietnam is a country that is very connected to its core cultural values, based mainly on ‘Confucianism’ — which means that Vietnamese people are big fans of respect, education, harmony, and loyalty to family. In western countries, there’s a tendency toward individualism, while in eastern countries — such as Vietnam — the trend is to see family as a unit in itself. Children are expected to look after their parents, besides treating them with uttermost respect. There’s also an expectation for all members of the family to provide for the household.
It’s a tradition in Vietnamese culture for many generations of the same family to live under the same roof. Families can derogate a member who’s not providing proper conditions for other household members and also announce their achievements to their community. It’s also a tradition for the older male to be the head of the household and children are educated from a young age on ‘filial piety’ — which means that younger members of the family should treat older members with respect and care.
To keep these cultural aspects alive in the mind of the people of Vietnam, in 2001, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem promulgated the Vietnamese Family Day, which is to be celebrated every year on June 28. On this day families from all around the country gather to celebrate, whether it be at home or at festivals downtown.
Vietnamese Family Day timeline
Vietnam declares independence from France.
The Vietnam War that began in 1955 comes to an end.
Pham Gia Khiem is approved by the “National Assembly” to be Deputy Prime Minister.
Former Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem signs the declaration that makes Family Day a national holiday.
Vietnamese Family Day FAQs
What countries celebrate Family Day?
Family Day is observed by the Australian Capital Territory, Angola, some provinces of Canada, Israel, South Africa, some states of the United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Thailand.
What is the definition of ‘familial love?’
The word refers to ties defined by strong affection, respect, loyalty, and healthy attachment in the context of familial love. Other sorts of bonds are not the same as family bonds.
What is Vietnam's most important holiday?
Tet, or Lunar New Year, is the most important festival and holiday in Vietnam.
How to Observe Vietnamese Family Day
Attend a festival
Different cities in Vietnam organize festivals with cultural and sports activities for families to participate in. Get your family together and attend one!
Gift an ophan
At Family Day events, it’s common for gifts to be distributed to orphans and children in need. The orphans will be overjoyed to receive these gifts and to be a part of the celebration.
You can always bring the family together to take photos and make a special card. It’s a great way to remember this special occasion in the future!
5 Interesting Facts About Vietnam
It Is the main exporter of cashews
Vietnam is the world’s number 1 exporter of cashew nuts!
Almost everyone has a motorcycle
With a population of 90 million, there are 60 million motorbikes in Vietnam!
It is s-shaped
Vietnam’s map is shaped like an S!
It has many cultures
There are over 50 different ethnic groups in Vietnam.
It has many tube houses
Vietnamese houses have many floors stacked so they can accommodate the entire family in one household.
Why Vietnamese Family Day is Important
It celebrates family
Family is a very important aspect of our lives. There’s no better way to celebrate it than to have a whole day dedicated to it!
It celebrates unity
It’s important to always keep unity in every aspect of our lives. This holiday is important because it keeps that idea alive in the heart of every person in Vietnam!
Allows us to express gratitude to our families
Gratitude and appreciation for the individuals in our lives can go a long way toward maintaining healthy family ties. Rather than dwelling on previous disappointments and problems, we can foster deeper feelings of appreciation and love by recognizing the ways family members have been there for us.
Vietnamese Family Day dates