Vietnam Public Holidays 2013
2013 Vietnam Public Holidays
A total of nine (9) Vietnam Public Holidays are celebrated in Vietnam each year, this is low compared to the rest of the Southeast Asian Nations. Vietnam only had eight (8) public holidays a year before 28th March, 2007 when the Government of Vietnam added a traditional holiday commemorating the mythical Hung Kings, thereby increasing the number of public holidays in Vietnam to nine (9).
Official Vietnam Public Holidays 2013
If a holiday falls on a weekend the following Monday is usually substituted for the Public Holiday.
1. New Year’s Day – Jan 1st
Just like the rest of the world, Vietnam also marks the beginning of the New Year, albeit with less festivities than Western countries. As expected, government offices and banks do not open although many places frequented by tourists remain open. Bars and nightclubs also organize themed events on this day.
2. Tet Nguyen Dan (Lunar New Year) – Feb 9th to 14th
This marks the beginning of the new according to the lunar calendar used by the Chinese. It is the most respected holiday in this country. Business comes to a standstill for the duration of this holiday since government offices, banks and tourist facilities are all closed. It is therefore advisable for tourists to exercise caution when visiting Vietnam during this period. Vietnamese celebrate this holiday by visiting both their nuclear and extended families on designated days.
3. Hung King festival – Apr 19th to 21st
Hung King festival is a public holiday meant to honour the Hung kings who played a key role in Vietnam attaining its sovereignty. This is when the Vietnamese celebrate their heritage. Though it is a one day holiday, many people extend it into the weekend.
4. Reunification Day – April 30th
Reunification Day or Victory Day or Liberation Day is another major holiday in Vietnam when they Celebrate the fall of Saigon and the reunification of Vietnam in the year of 1975. It is celebrated across the country with many festivals, colorful parades and patriotic displays.
5. Labour Day – May 1st
Labour Day is marked in Vietnam just like the rest of the world in honour of the worldwide labour movement.
6. Independence Day – Sep 2nd
Independence Day is another national holiday that marks the day Vietnam attained its independence from colonial rule. Many locals use this period to visit their friends and family in addition to touring historic places around the country like the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. Government offices, banks and significant businesses close shop in honour of this holiday.
What to do in Vietnam during Vietnam Public Holidays.
Vietnam has become a major tourist destination and many tourists plan holidays to coincide with public holidays or festivals so although many businesses close the major tourist areas tend to open to cater to visiting tourists.