Public Holidays in Vietnam

Why need to find out the national holidays before traveling? For those who want to have an economical trip, knowing the holidays will help to avoid crowds and save a good amount of money, as the cost of travel services during the holidays often increases very high. For those who like a cultural tourism experience, public holidays can be a great opportunity for them to experience a unique cultural festival. If you are planning to travel to Vietnam, the information about the holidays in this country may be useful for you.

Public holiday in Vietnam

1. January 1: Western New Year's Day
The Western Lunar New Year is not the main festival in Vietnam like other Western countries, so the Vietnamese people only get a day off. All business activities still occur normally during this time. People often gather with family and friends, so restaurants and entertainment areas in cities will be very crowded. In Hanoi, there will be a grand musical party, the New Year Countdown programs on the evening of December 31 at Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square, Cach Mang Thang Tam Square (in front of the Hanoi Opera House), Hang Day stadium. In HCMC, you can visit the Nguyen Hue walking street, Bui Vien Street, Dam Sen Park on the night of December 31 to welcome the New Year.
2. Lunar New Year Holiday
Vietnam's traditional New Year is the Lunar New Year (or Tet). Lunar New Year holidays usually fall in late January and early February, lasting about 7 to 10 days. One thing visitors especially notice is that shops and shopping centers will be closed for 3-5 days of Tet (from the 1st to the 5th day of the first lunar month), because all families will welcome Tet at home with their relatives and friends. You can experience the traditional Lunar New Year with a Vietnamese family, or attend the famous spring festivals in the provinces and cities from the 6th of the first lunar month onwards. If you don't want to experience this, avoid these days for your trip.
3. The 10th of the third lunar month: Hung Kings Commemoration Day
To remember and show gratitude to the Hung kings (the first kings of Vietnam) for national construction, the Vietnamese government decided to spend the 10th day of the third lunar month as the Hung Kings Commemoration Day and a national holiday. Come to Vietnam on this day, tourists should come to the Hung Temple to participate in the Hung Temple festival with many unique cultural activities.
4. April 30: Reunification Day
April 30 is the anniversary of the Southern Liberation Day and the reunification of Vietnam. On April 30, 1975, there was a significant event in the history of Vietnam, an important event which has great international importance. On this day, the Vietnamese army completely defeated the American imperialist aggression and domination of Southern Vietnam, completely liberating the South, ending the longest, most difficult and greatest lifesaving war in the history of the Vietnamese people against foreign aggression.
5. May 1: International Labor Day
Like many other countries in the world, International Labor Day, May 1, is also a national holiday in Vietnam. So close to April 30, this holiday will largely last 4 days (including weekends). Therefore, Vietnamese families often plan to travel at this time. Famous beaches and resorts are very crowded.

6. September 2: National Day
September 2 is Vietnam's National Day, marking a very important historical milestone of this country. On September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh solemnly read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh square (Hanoi), declaring to the people of the country and all humanity in the world that starting from now The Democratic Republic of Vietnam (present-day Socialist Republic of Vietnam) was born, ending the colonization of French colonialism for more than 80 years. On September 2, you can visit Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi to see a celebration organized by the government.