Vietnamese Culture

Dates of Significance

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  • Tet Nguyen Dan – Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Varies each year – January to February)
  • Trung Nguyen – Wandering Souls Day
  • Buddha’s Birthday (Varies each year – May)
  • Hung Kings Commemoration (10th day of the 3rd lunar month)
  • President Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday (19th of May)
  • National Liberation Day or Reunification Day* (30th of April)
  • Labour Day (1st of May)
  • Vulan Buddhists pray for deceased (15th of July)
  • Remembrance Day (27th of July)
  • Trung Thu – Moon Festival (Varies each year – August)
  • National Day (2nd/3rd of September)
  • Christmas (25th of December)

* This day is officially called the “Day of liberating the South for national reunification”. However, those Vietnamese who suffered at the hands of the Communist Party may refer to the ‘Liberation of Saigon’ as the ‘Fall of Saigon’. This can be a sensitive issue for many.
Vietnam
  • Population
    95,261,021
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Tiếng Việt (official)
    English
    French
    Mandarin
    Cantonese
    Khmer
    Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian
  • Religions
    No Religion (81.8%)
    Buddhism (7.9%)
    Christianity (7.4%)
    Hoahaoism (1.6%)
    Caodaism (0.9%)
    Other (0.2%)
    Note: The United Nations and polling organisations believe these statistics from the 2009 Vietnamese census do not accurately reflect the spiritual landscape of Vietnam.
  • Ethnicities
    Kinh [Viet] (85.7%)
    Tay (1.9%)
    Thai (1.8%)
    Muong (1.5%)
    Khmer (1.5%)
    Mong (1.2%)
    Nung (1.1%)
    Hoa (1.0%)
    Other (4.3%)
    [2009 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 70
    Individualism 20
    Masculinity 40
    Uncertainty Avoidance 30
    Long Term Orientation 57
    Indulgence 35
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  • Australians with Vietnamese Ancestry
    221,114
Vietnamese in Australia
  • Population
    230,170
    [June 2015 est.]
  • Average Age
    43
  • Gender
    Male (45.8%)
    Female (54.2%)
  • Religion
    Buddhism (56.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (21.6%)
    No Religion (14.6%)
    Other (4.7%)
    Not stated (3.0%)
  • Ancestry
    Vietnamese (69.6%)
    Chinese (21.8%)
    English (1.7%)
    Other (2.2%)
    Not stated (4.5%)
  • Languages
    Vietnamese (80.2%)
    Cantonese (13.3%)
    English (3.2%)
    Other (2.3%)
    Not stated (0.9%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (56.5%)
    Not well (42.1%)
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (38.8%)
    Victoria (36.9%)
    Queensland (8.8%)
    Western Australia (6.9%)
  • Arrival
    Prior to 2001 (74.5%)
    2001-2006 (8%)
    2007-2011 (11.9%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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