In addition to the holidays of the year according to the solar calendar, the country of Vietnam has many holidays held on the occasion of the lunar calendar. Every holiday has a great meaning, a time for people to remember some important historical-cultural events, and to have more time with friends and family. All the information shared below will help you get more information about top most important public holidays in Vietnam.
1 - Tet holiday - one of the most important public holidays in Vietnam
Tet or Vietnamese Lunar New Year, existing and passed down for thousands of years, is the biggest and the most important holiday in Vietnam. Tet marks the beginning of a new year (according to the calendar used by Vietnamese and some other Asian countries).
On this Vietnamese public holiday, all people have time for a long holiday. Family’s members gather together to welcome the new year. Not only is it an opportunity for family members to gather, the Lunar New Year (Tet holiday) is also a time for Vietnamese people to show respect and gratitude to ancestors. There are lots of fun activities and traditions that are held on this holiday.
Tet is the most important national holidays in Vietnam - Source: Vietnam-guide
About 3 or 4 days before the Lunar New Year is the busiest and the most exciting time with a wide range of activities such as house cleaning, house decoration, food preparation, Chung cake wrapping. On New Year's Eve, firework shows are held in big cities such as Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City. In the first 3 days of the year, Vietnamese people often give each other wishes such as “Chúc mừng năm mới” (happy new year), “An khang thịnh vượng” (Safety good, health prosperity), “Vạn sự như ý” (Everything goes well), “Cung hỷ phát tài” (Congratulations and be prosperous),... with the desire to wish a favorable new year.
If you visit Vietnam on this Vietnamese public holiday, you can immerse yourself in the cheerful atmosphere the days before the Lunar New Year, feel the sacred atmosphere on New Year's Eve,... Around the time after the Lunar New Year, there are many big festivals held in Vietnam, giving you an opportunity to better understand about Vietnamese culture.
Note: During the Lunar New Year period, some restaurants, accommodations, and transport services may take a break.
2 - The New Year holiday in solar calendar
Tet New Year - a major Vietnam public holiday - Source: Vietnambiz
The New Year is the transition out of an old year into a new year according to the solar calendar. In Vietnam, the New Year dates back to the French colonial period (19th century), when the solar calendar was used instead of the traditional lunar calendar. Over the years, the New Year has become a big holiday in Vietnam.
At the turn between the old and the new year, firework shows are held in some big cities such as Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City,... At the same time, the countdown activities with an extremely vibrant and youthful atmosphere also take place.
3 - National Day on September 2 - a meaningful Vietnamese public holiday
On September 2, 1945 - one of the most important & meaningful days in Vietnamese’s history, President Ho Chi Minh read the declaration of independence at Ba Dinh Square, officially giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. In 1946, September 2 was called the "Independence Day" according to the Decree 22C NV / CC and it was not until 1954 that September 2 was adopted as Vietnamese National Day.
=National Day - important national holiday in Vietnam - Source: Internet
In addition to meetings, parades, and art performances which recreate historic moments in 1945, there are also many interesting art exhibitions and performances waiting to be explored. Traveling to Vietnam this occasion, do not forget to visit Ba Dinh Square and Ho Chi Minh mausoleum in Hanoi to admire the celebrating activities.
4 - Reunification Day on April 30 - top Vietnamese public holidays
April 30, 1975 marked a brilliant “milestone” in the history of Vietnamese national liberation: it was the successful end of the historic Ho Chi Minh campaign, the complete liberation of the South Vietnam region and Vietnam was completely unified. Since then, April 30 every year has been chosen as the day of Reunification in Vietnam.
On this Vietnamese public holiday, there are many interesting activities such as meetings, parades, flag hanging activities... In front of each house, there is a red flag with a yellow star, making the streets more brilliant.
5 - International Labor Day
On the International Labor Day, Vietnamese have a day off. and there are abundant meetings and exhibitions held in Vietnam .
International Labor Day in Vietnam takes place right after the Vietnamese Reunification Day (30/04), which means that Vietnamese people have 2 consecutive public holidays. Therefore, the tourist sites are often very crowded.
Above are all major public holidays in Vietnam. Hope that information from Vietnamtrips is helpful to you when planning to visit our beautiful country.