Festivals & Public Holidays In Vietnam 2023

Festivals and public holidays in Vietnam boast national heritage, music and dance performances, and dynamic activities. On these days, Vietnamese people usually have a day off from work and school, and many choose to visit home or go on vacation.

Join in the fun, and you’ll have a deeper insight into Vietnamese culture. Let’s explore the important festivals and public holidays in Vietnam in this travel guide!

Holidays in Vietnam

January 1New Year’s Day
January 20 – 26Vietnamese New Year (Tet)
April 29Hung Kings Commemorations
April 30Reunification Day
May 1International Workers’ Day
September 2National Day
Public holidays in Vietnam in 2023.

New Year Holiday

New Year Holiday falls on the first of January and marks the start of a new year. In Vietnam, everyone has a day off to ring out the old year and welcome the new. 

For a memorable New Year Holiday, you can visit big cities like Ho Chi Minh, Ha Noi, and Da Nang for fireworks, live performances, and countdown parties.

In addition to outdoor activities, there are special programs broadcast on TV that you can watch at home.

Lunar New Year (Tet Holiday)

Lunar New Year, or Tet Holiday, is the most important festival and holiday in Vietnam.

At this time, the streets are covered with vibrant flowers like peach or apricot blossoms, kumquat trees, and daisy flowers. 

All workers and students have a week off to celebrate the festival. It is an occasion for family unions where people return to their families after a long working year. 

On this special holiday, people will prepare by cleaning their houses, buying decorations, and going shopping.

Also, many unique customs are practiced, like visiting relatives, ancestral worship, and giving lucky money to children and the elderly. You can check out some delicious Tet dishes here.

During Tet, Vietnamese people tend to visit pagodas and temples to pray for a peaceful upcoming year. Some people also receive parallel sentences from the Master (ông Đồ), which is believed to bring luck to their home and children. 

Tet food holiday Vietnam

Hung Kings Commemoration Day

One of the national public holidays is Hung Kings Commemoration Day which takes place on the 10th day of the third lunar March. The day honors Hung Kings who ruled Vietnam as the first kings. 

The Hung Kings Festival is celebrated in all the Hung Temples across the country. 

For the most significant one, get to the Hung Temple in Viet Tri City, Phu Tho province, where you’ll behold plenty of lanterns flying into the sky the day before the festival. Besides, modern flags are hung along the road from Viet Tri to Hung Mountain. 

There’s also a commemorative activity for Hung Kings Day, which takes place at the foot of Nghia Linh Mountain.

Hundreds of people go on a pilgrimage up the mountain, offering incense to their ancestors and praying. They usually stop off at various temples before reaching the Hung Temple at the peak. 

Reunification Day

Reunification Day is a public holiday celebrated on April 30th every year. Before this event, streets across the country are decorated with neon lights, red flags, and colorful banners.

There are also memorial programs or music shows performing victorious songs about the Vietnam War

Many people choose the time off to visit with their beloved family or go on holiday. 

Labor Day

Labor Day on May 1st is to commemorate the international workers’ movement of the 1800s. Vietnam also honors this day after Reunification Day. 

Due to big holidays occurring at the same time, workers and students often enjoy 2-4 days.

Many people will return to their hometowns and feast with their families. If the weather is favorable, Tam Dao, Da Lat, or Sapa are great places to visit.

Mid-autumn Festival

Mid-autumn Festival, or Tet Trung Thu, is a joyful occasion for children and adults to enjoy dishes like moon cakes, jellies, and biscuits. 

On Hang Ma Street in Hanoi or the riverside of Hoi An ancient town, you will see bustling streets with performances and music. In every corner, there are mooncakes, lanterns, and colorful masks. Also, this time is for Vietnamese families to worship the God of Earth and make offerings to their ancestors.

Lantern shop at night in Hoi An, Vietnam.

National Day

National Day has a significant meaning for all Vietnamese people. It is the historical event that marks the freedom of Vietnam.

This annual celebration commemorates that historic moment with patriotic displays, flags, banners, and flowers across the country. Big cities like Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh also hold parades and light fireworks at night. 

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