Each special day has a meaningful message to everyone and remind them of something that they might miss during a busy period.

Vietnamese Holidays

Tet Holiday – Vietnamese New Year

Tet Nguyen Dan, or Tet for short, is considered the biggest and most popular festival of the year in Vietnam. Tet is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year and Korean New Year. Tet signifies the beginning of the year or a new chance, new day to forget about problems of the previous year and start afresh, and also traditionally marks the first day of spring.

Vietnamese Kings’ Commemoration Day

This major event honouring the Hung Kings is held annually from the 8th to the 11th days of the 3rd lunar month. The main festival take place at Hùng Temple in the village of Cổ Tích. Hung Kings Commemoration Day is a joyous occasion that is centered around traditional Vietnamese culture and values. As a public holiday, many Vietnamese people can enjoy some time away from work to honour their nation’s history with their friends and loved ones.

Liberation Day/Reunification Day

Known as Liberation day, Reunification Day is officially recognized on 30 April each year. The Vietnamese people celebrate Reunification Day because this day marks the end of Vietnam war and the beginning of the process of unification of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North) in the North and the Republic of Vietnam (South). The day itself is marked by parades in Ho Chi Minh City and the flag of Vietnam will be flown proudly across the country.

Independence Day

September 2nd, 1945 is an important landmark marking a major turning point of Vietnam. It was an establishment day of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and is also considered the National Independence Day of the current Socialist Republic of Vietnam. A notable sign for the cheerful spirit of the day is that the Vietnamese celebrate their national heritage and culture with patriotic speeches, numerous parades, and with fireworks displays in all the major cities. The Vietnamese flag is carried through the streets and put on display almost everywhere you turn your eyes.

Vietnamese Women’s Day

Aside from the International Women’s Day on March 8th, Vietnam also celebrates its National Women’s Day on October 20th. It’s among several occasions on which the society shows their love and respect to the women; it could be their mothers, sisters, aunts or just their friends. It’s the day for everyone to grandly celebrate and cherish the women in their life and remember all the sacrifices women have made.

Vietnamese Teacher’s Day

Vietnamese Teacher’s Day is an annual celebration held on November 20th in Vietnam. This is a celebration which aims to honour all educators. Teachers’ Day allows Vietnamese students to express their gratitude and respect to their teachers. It is usually celebrated with special events held at schools, such as concerts, recitals, and exhibitions. Vietnamese Teacher’s Day celebrations not only honours teachers. Moral educators, such as those who have been mentoring children and students are also remembered on this day.

International Holidays

International New Year’s Day

On the first day in this Western Calendar – January 1st, Vietnam celebrates the International New Year Day to join in the modern breathes of the world. The holiday serves the purpose of saying goodbye to a year which has passed and also welcoming a new one. The International New Year Day brings people a good opportunity to go out, meet others and participate on exciting trips as well as the beautiful firework performances in some major cities, which are believed to bring messages of love, peace and prosperity to the whole nation.

Valentine’s Day

It happens on February 14, a day where people show their love and affection for another person – usually in the form of cards, flowers, gifts and messages.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

International Labor Day

On International Labor Day, people across Vietnam celebrate the progress of workers’ rights by taking the day off from their regular jobs. Because International Labor Day falls on the first of May, it is often joined with the Reunification Day holiday on the 30th of April. Therefore, Vietnamese people spend time with their closest friends and family members and use International Labor Day in Vietnam as a reason to travel or return back to their hometown. And partly because most of the city’s residents are at their hometown or vacation areas, large cities are quieter and less busy than usual. This time can be used as an opportunity to enjoy major attractions and city hotspots without maneuvering through crowds.

International Children’s Day

June 1st is International Children’s Day – a date dedicated to raising awareness about child rights and well being. The date is dedicated to raising awareness of issues affecting children with speeches about child welfare, well being and rights as well as many events celebrating childhood.


Although Halloween is more of a typically Western tradition, many Vietnamese do also celebrate and enjoy Halloween parties. And Halloween is becoming increasingly popular in Vietnam, especially in the major cities. Halloween parties are mostly held at backpacker areas, usually in coffee shops, bars and restaurants.  

Christmas Day

In Vietnam, Christmas Eve is often more important than Christmas day. In Ho Chi Minh city, people like to go into the city center, where there is a Catholic Cathedral. The streets are crowded with people on Christmas Eve, and people celebrate by throwing confetti, taking pictures and enjoying the Christmas decorations and lights of big hotels and department stores. Lots of cafes and restaurants are open for people to enjoy a snack.

Remember all of them and make each gone day more meaningful.

Source : Vietnamonline, Public holiday