Vietnamese Culture

Dates of Significance

  • 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.
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Vietnam
  • Population
    95,261,021
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Tiếng Việt (official)
    English
    French
    Mandarin
    Cantonese
    Khmer
    Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian
  • Religion
    No Religion or Traditional Folk Religions (81.8%)
    Buddhism (7.9%)
    Christianity (7.4%)
    Hoahaoism (1.6%)
    Caodaism (0.9%)
    Other (0.2%)
    [Census, 2009]
    Note: The United Nations and polling organisations believe these statistics from the 2009 Vietnamese census do not accurately reflect the spiritual landscape of Vietnam.
  • Ethnicity
    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%)
    [Census, 2009]
    Note: 54 ethnic groups are recognised by the Vietnamese Government.
  • Cultural Dimensions
    70
    20
    40
    30
    57
    35
  • Australians with Vietnamese Ancestry
    294,798 [Census, 2016]
Vietnamese in Australia
  • Population
    219,355
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Vietnam.
  • Median Age
    45 [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (44.7%)
    Female (55.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Buddhism (47.3%)
    No Religion (24.6%)
    Catholic Christianity (20.2%)
    Other Religion (3.8%)
    Not Stated (3.9%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Vietnamese (75.8%)
    Chinese (19.5%)
    English (2.1%)
    Australian (1.3%)
    Other Ancestry (1.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Vietnamese (82.7%)
    Cantonese (10.2%)
    English (3.9%)
    Mandarin (1.0%)
    Other Language (1.4%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 58.0% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (38.4%)
    Victoria (36.8%)
    Queensland (8.9%)
    Western Australia (7.2%)
    Other (8.2%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival
    Prior to 2007 (71.0%)
    2007 - 2011 (11.4%)
    2012 - 2016 (13.8%)
    [Census, 2016]
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