Public Holidays in Vietnam

Published:  04:23 Tuesday - December 25, 2012

There are nine public holidays in a year in Vietnam, workers get the day off work during the public holidays, it is the lowest place in the region.

New Year's Day

January 1 - New Year's Day (Tết dương lịch), one-day holiday.

Lunar New Year

Vietnamese New Year - Tet Nguyên Ðan- more commonly known by its shortened name Tet, is the largest, most important and popular holiday in Vietnam. It is the Vietnamese New Year based on the Lunar calendar. The name Tet Nguyên Ðán (in Sino-Vietnamese) can be loosely translated as Feast of the First Morning.

Tet is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year. It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. However the corresponding public holiday started a day earlier, from last day of the last lunar month. Visitors may experience difficulties during this period as shops, restaurants and public services close and prices tend to go up in the few shops that remain open.

Hung Kings Commemoriations
10th day of the 3rd lunar month - Hung Kings Commemoriations (Giỗ tổ Hùng Vương), one-day holiday.

Hung Kings Commemoriations – Traditional holiday adopted by the government on 28 March 2007 commemorating the mythical Hùng Kings. Hùng Vuong (Hùng Kings in Vietnamese) was the first king of Van Lang or Lac Viet (as Vietnam was known at the time). His dynasty existed in Vietnamese prehistory, but much of the lore from this time is now lost to the ages.

April 30 - Liberation Day/Reunification Dat (Ngày giải phóng), one-day holiday.
Victory Day, Reunification Day, or Liberation Day is a public holiday in Vietnam that marks the occasion Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) on April 30, 1975. This signalled the end of the Vietnam War.
In the overseas Vietnamese exile community, the day is remembered as the “Fall of Saigon”, but this term is considered treasonous in present day Vietnam and can lead to harassment or imprisonment.
International Labor day
May 1 - International Labour Day (Ngày Quốc tế Lao động), one-day holiday.
Independence day
December 2 - National Day – Vietnam declares its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam)
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