Post-holiday “overpopulation” in urban cities

Thousands of people are flocking back to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city to start their working week after the six-day holiday.

Photo courtesy of the VnExpress.

Traffic jams are reported at 9am on avenues that lead to the capital of Hanoi.

Traffic jams are reported at 9am on avenues that lead to the capital of Hanoi.

A family is riding a motorbike altogether. The current temperature in Hanoi is 37 Celsius degrees (approximately 99 Fahrenheit degrees).

A family is riding a motorbike altogether. The current temperature in Hanoi is 37 Celsius degrees (approximately 99 Fahrenheit degrees).

Students go back for school from the countryside, carrying sacks of rice and food.

Students go back for school from the countryside, carrying sacks of rice and food.

A bus station in Hanoi with overloaded buses.

A bus station in Hanoi with overloaded buses.

A crowded street on the eastern side of Ho Chi Minh City.

A crowded street on the eastern side of Ho Chi Minh City.

In Vietnam, April 30 and May Day are a national holiday. April 30, referred to officially as “liberation day”, “victory day”, “marks the end of the Vietnam war and reunification of the country. At the same time, this day is viewed as “national day of resentment”, “national day of shame” by the Vietnamese diaspora who lost their Southern Vietnam to the communists on April 30, 1975.

Usually, if April 30 or May Day falls on the weekend, workers will be given one more day off work.  For this reason, the national holiday lasts for six days this year.