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List of remarkable holidays and festivals in Vietnam

Which days in Vietnam are big holidays that you should keep in mind? Why should you do that? Let’s discover.

In fact, Vietnam is a country of joy and color that there are hundreds of holidays and festivals taking place all year round. From important national holidays to religious festivals, from big to small festivals of each ethnic minority, this S-shaped country is always drowned in joy.

Moreover, on some big national holidays, workers and employers usually get days off, then they will come back home or do a small trip. Therefore, in some tourist attractions, everything will be overpriced due to a lack of employers and workers. Owners normally pay a high rate for a person working on these days.

Furthermore, the fact that more and more people travel makes that destination more attractive, then people will take advantage of that to make money. Come on, friends, it’s tourism right? Hence, you should save this list to prepare for your trip as well as possible.

Normally, if that holiday takes place on Sunday, people can get 1 more day off plus, but not all the companies will do that. Besides, different from others, Vietnamese don’t have day-off on Christmas or Mid-Autumn Festival.

New Year (01/01)

Like other countries on the planet, Vietnam also celebrates the New Year on the first of January. Everyone will have a day off except for some particular industries.

Vietnamese Lunar New Year (01/01 - 03/01 - Lunar calendar)

This is the biggest festival in Vietnam and also so-called Tết holidays. It normally falls into the end of January and the beginning of February. Students will have more day-offs than workers. People will stop working before that 3-5 days and start working again after 2-3 days; hence, people will have at least 1 week off.

International Women’s Day (08/03)

There are no day-off on this holiday, but this is also an important day in Vietnam. Together with Vietnamese Women Day (20/10), these two special days will remark the important role of Vietnamese women. Males normally give presents to females or youngsters give gifts and wish to their mothers or grandmothers, female teachers…

Hung Kings Commemoration (10/03 - Lunar calendar)

Hung King is the title of the legendary Vietnamese ruler in the very first days of Vietnamese history. To remember and express the respect of ancestors, the Vietnamese celebrate a commemoration on 10/03 in the Lunar calendar. You can check online the Lunar calendar.

Reunification Day (30/04)

This is the remarkable day when 2 regions of Vietnam (the North and the South) were reunified in 1975 after a long time separated. People will have a day off on this occasion.

International Workers’ Day (01/05)

Together with the Reunification Day, people will have a double day-off since these two holidays are closed to each other. Then, it’s time for the Vietnamese to do a small trip around the country. Therefore, if traveling at this time, just be careful of the crowds.

National Day (02/09)

On this day in 1945, the Vietnamese observed the scene that former President Ho Chi Minh reading the Declarations of Independence of Vietnam at Ba Dinh Square in Ha Noi. From that moment, 02/09 was chosen to become the National Day of the country that people will have a day off to celebrate the win of forefathers.

Mid-Autumn Festival (15/08 - Lunar calendar)

This is also so-called the Lantern Festival of Buddhism. Like Christmas, people will not have any day-off but they will go to the pagodas to pray and play. You will see people selling lanterns on the streets or some places are decorated with lanterns to celebrate the festival. If you visit any pagoda in Vietnam, don’t be surprised when you see hundreds of people going in and out there.

Vu Lan Festival (15/07 - Lunar calendar)

Or you can call this day is “Xa toi vong nhan” festival since this is the day for dead souls. In fact, the seventh month of the lunar year is believed as the worst month that can be affected by dead people. Moreover, this is Mother’s day according to the folk of Buddha. On this day, if visiting any pagoda in Vietnam, you will see a person with an artificial pink flower on shirt meaning the mother of that person is still alive, and with a white one meaning the mother is dead.

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