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Holidays & Observances in Vietnam

Vietnam is an Asian country on the east side of the Indochina Peninsula. Prior to communist rule, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Christianity were all popular religions, with the first three often being combined into a single belief system known as Tam Giou. The Vietnamese government officially allows freedom of religion, but the amount of irreligious people has grown dramatically since communist rule began. Now a majority of the country identifies as irreligious. Despite the lack of official religion, most people in Vietnam practice ancestor worship on some level. This type of belief is much more important than religious belief. Holidays celebrated are mainly holidays celebrating national pride or cultural traditions unrelated to any specific religion.