THE GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 82/2001/ND-CP
Hanoi, November 06, 2001
 
DECREE
ON THE STATE CEREMONIES AND THE RECEPTION OF FOREIGN GUESTS
THE GOVERNMENT
Pursuant to the September 30, 1992 Law on Organization of the Government;
At the proposal of the Minister for Foreign Affairs,
DECREES:
Chapter I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1.- This Decree prescribes major activities in celebration of big anniversaries and the State ceremonies for reception of foreign guests, aiming to promote patriotism and the spirit of national pride and contribute to enhancing and expanding the cooperative and friendly relations with countries and international organizations.
Article 2.- In the reception of high-ranking foreign guests, the host agencies must attach importance to the political requirements and apply the principles of equality and reciprocity in order to propose appropriate reception levels.
Article 3.- The Ministry for Foreign Affairs shall propose reception levels for other high-level foreign delegations other than the subjects prescribed in this Decree, depending on each specific case.
Article 4.- In this Decree, a number of terms and phrases shall be construed as follows:
1. Even year, round year and odd year mean the (ordinal) number of anniversary years of events.
- The even years mean the anniversary years ending in numeral "0";
- The round years mean the anniversary years ending in numeral "5";
- The odd years mean the anniversary years ending in other numerals.
2. The Diplomatic Corps include the heads of the foreign diplomatic representations in Vietnam;
3. The international organizations in Hanoi include the international organizations within the United Nations system and the inter-governmental international organizations outside the United Nations system, which have representative offices in Hanoi.
Chapter II
BIG ANNIVERSARIES
Article 5.- The National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (September 2).
1. In the odd year

- Leaders of the Party, the State, the National Assembly and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and representatives of the leadership of the central bodies of the socio-political organizations (hereinafter called mass organizations) lay wreaths and pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum and lay wreaths at the War Dead Monument (hereinafter called the Monument for short).