Preparing for another holiday

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Grandstands at the Cultural Center
  

Nha Trang is preparing for yet another holiday. April 2 will mark the 35th anniversary of North Vietnamese forces marching into the city in 1975, gaining independence for Khanh Hoa province. Like on other major holidays, flags and banners line the boulevards and traffic circles, but it appears that this holiday will also include a parade. Grandstand seating for dignitaries and special guests line Tran Phu Street in front of the Cultural Center building, facing  April 2 Square and the South China Sea.

 

The building itself was decked out in the usual red banners but the facade of the gothic-style structure was mostly hidden by a gigantic red flag backdrop. The giant flag displayed a yellow star, yellow hammer and sickle, and a white larger-than-life photograph of Ho Chi Minh.

Red flags
The portrait looked more like a look-alike than the man printed on local currency notes.  Across the street on April 2 Square, students gathered with more red banners. It looked like they were rehearsing for the upcoming parade. The mob shuffled into rank and file as their leader shouted instructions through a megaphone.

 

A several-day art show was taking place near the south end of the square. Photographs by many of Vietnam's top photographers were nicely displayed in a shaded park. They depicted life in Khanh Hoa province during the 35 years following unification. They proudly showed everyday life from the rice fields to the factories, from mountains to offshore islands. The sharp and colorful pictures were all awe-inspiring, especially for this amateur photographer.

KeikoCreative says:
Oh that is nice;) When will u be heading back to states?
Posted on: Apr 03, 2010
rotorhead85 says:
A great time to be in Nha Trang. Plan now for the next one - in 2015!
Posted on: Apr 02, 2010
KeikoCreative says:
Great to know that:)
Posted on: Apr 01, 2010
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Grandstands at the Cultural Center
Grandstands at the Cultural Center
Red flags
Red flags
Parade practice
Parade practice
Testing a park fountain
Testing a park fountain
Students at the beach
Students at the beach
Photography show in the park
Photography show in the park
Art in the park
Art in the park
Nha Trang
photo by: rotorhead85