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Living in Vietnam, you are often confronted with images of Uncle Ho cradling a child with images surrounding him of soldiers, nurses and teachers .

poster in Hanoi

Well , today someone had brought in a large bunch of flowers into the office, to celebrate the birthday of the much venerated   Hồ Chí Minh or uncle/tonton Ho.

office hanoi

So, Happy Birthday Uncle Ho!


From wikipedia :

Hồ Chí Minh , born Nguyễn Sinh Cung and also known as Nguyễn Ái Quốc (19 May 1890 – 3 September 1969) was aVietnamese Communist revolutionary and statesman who was prime minister (1946–1955) and president (1945–1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).

Hồ led the Viet Minh independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the communist-governed Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954 atDien Bien Phu.

After helping drive the French out of Vietnam in the mid-1950s, Ho was widely expected to be elected head of a unified Vietnam; however, the United States refused to let the election happen and Ho began to support the attempts of rebel forces in South Vietnam to overthrow the American-backed government.

He lost political power inside North Vietnam in the late 1950s, but remained as the highly visible figurehead president until his death.

During the Vietnam War, Ho lived in Hanoi, where he died in 1969, before seeing the unification of Vietnam.

Lijang River

The former capital of South Vietnam, Saigon, after the Fall of Saigon, was renamed Hồ Chí Minh City in his honor.