Holidays in Vietnam

Holidays in Vietnam are a special time of year, celebrated in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. These annual holidays commemorate noteworthy occasions or traditions with historical, cultural, or religious significance. The Vietnamese people take great pride in their holidays, and they are a time for families and communities to come together to celebrate and give thanks.
*Holidays off

New Year's Day: January 1 - 1 day off

New Year's Day is the first day of the year and a national holiday in Vietnam. It is a time for families to come together and celebrate the new year with a festive spirit.

Lunar New Year (Tết): From last day of the last lunar month to 4th day of the first lunar month - 5 day off
Lunar New Year, also known as Tết Nguyên Đán, is the biggest and most important holiday of the year in Vietnam. It is a time for families to come together and celebrate the new year with a festive spirit.
Tết is celebrated for three days, from the last day of the last lunar month to the third day of the first lunar month. During this time, people clean their homes, buy new clothes, and prepare special foods. They also visit temples, give red envelopes to children, and perform traditional rituals.

Hung Kings Commemorations: 10th day of the 3rd lunar month - 1 day off
The Hung Kings are a legendary group of rulers who are credited with founding Vietnam. According to legend, the Hung Kings were descended from the Dragon God and the Fairy Mother. They ruled Vietnam for generations, and during their reign, they created a strong and prosperous country.
Hung Kings Commemorations Day is a time for Vietnamese people to honor the Hung Kings and their contributions to the country. People visit the temples of the Hung Kings, offer sacrifices, and perform traditional rituals. There are also many festivals and celebrations held on this day.

Day of Southern Liberation and National Reunification: April 30 - 1 day off
Reunification Day, also known as the Day of Southern Liberation and National Reunification, is a national holiday in Vietnam that commemorates the end of the Vietnam War and the reunification of the country on April 30, 1975.

International Workers' Day: May 1 - 1 day off
Workers' Day, also known as International Workers' Day, is a global holiday that celebrates the working class.

National Day: September 2 - 2 days off (September 2 and 1 day before or after)
Vietnam National Day is the day President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence, giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

*Other holidays and anniversaries

Solar calendar

January 9: Vietnamese Students' Day
February 3: Communist Party of Vietnam Foundation Anniversary
February 14: Valentine's Day
February 27: Vietnamese Physicians' Day
March 8: International Women's Day
March 20: International Day of Happiness
March 22: World Water Day
March 24: Vietnamese Bread Day
March 26: Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Foundation Day
March 27: Vietnam Sports Day
April 1: April Fool's Day
April 18: Vietnam People with Disabilities Day
April 21: Vietnam Book Day
April 22: Earth Day
May 7: Dien Bien Phu Victory Day
May 15: Founding Day of Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneers Team
May 19: President Ho Chi Minh's Birthday
June 1: International Children's Day
June 5: World Environment Day
3rd Sunday of June: Father's Day
June 28: Vietnamese Family Day
July 27: Vietnamese War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day
August 19: August Revolution Commemoration Day
October 1: International Day of Older Persons
October 13: Vietnamese Entrepreneur's Day
October 20: Vietnamese Women's Day
October 31: Halloween Day
November 7: October Revolution Day
November 19: International Men's Day
November 20: Vietnamese Teachers' Day
December 22: National Defence Day
December 25: Christmas
December 29 or December 30: Year End Party

March or April: Easter
Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It is often considered one of the most important Christian holidays of the year, and it is typically celebrated on a Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th.

Lunar calendar

January 15: Lantern Festival
On the full moon day of January, people go to temples to worship the stars and make wishes to dispel bad luck and bring good fortune.

March 3: Cold Food Festival
On the Cold Food Festival, people make floating rice cakes to worship their ancestors.

April 15: Buddha's Triple Celebration
April 15 is a special day for Buddhists all over the world. It is the day that Gautama Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and passed away.

May 5: Tết Đoan Ngọ
In Vietnam, Tết Đoan Ngọ is also known as the "Tet to kill pests." It is the day to start catching insects and eliminating pests and diseases that harm crops.

July 15: Vu Lan Festival
On this day, Vietnamese families prepare a tray of rice and other offerings to offer to their ancestors' altar, wishing their grandparents and parents good health and happiness.

August 12: Theater Day
Vietnam Theater Day is an occasion for artists from all over the country to commemorate and honor the ancestors and generations of artists who have made significant contributions to the country's theatrical arts.

August 15: Mid-autumn Festival
Tet Trung Thu, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is a children's holiday in Vietnam. On this day, children enjoy a variety of activities, including receiving toys, marching in a lantern procession, wearing masks, dancing with lions, and eating mooncakes.

December 23: Kitchen Gods Festival
Every year on this day, the Kitchen Gods ride carps to fly to heaven to report to the Jade Emperor on all the good and bad deeds of the household. They return to earth on New Year's Eve to continue their duties of guarding the hearth.

March: Festival for Tending Graves
On this day, children and grandchildren visit the graves of their ancestors. If they see tall grass, they cut it down. If the soil is loose, they fill it in. Then, they go home to make offerings to their ancestors.

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