Note: The hotels are often crowded and fully booked in the festivals or public holidays in Vietnam. Moreover, the cost per room and service is often higher than usual; therefore, you should avoid these time for your journey or you should book the tour 30 days in advanced to enjoy the best quote and itinerary.
Saturdays and Sundays are holidays. There are nine public holidays in a year.
- January 1: New Year’s Day, one-day holi-day.
- 10th day of the third lunar month: anniver-sary of the Hung Kings, one-day holiday.
- April 30: Sai Gon Liberation Day, one-day holiday.
- May 1: International Labour Day, one-day holiday.
- September 2: National Day of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, one-day holiday.
- Viet Nam Traditional Lunar New Year Festival (Tet Nguyen Dan), 4-day holiday.
This holiday usually falls between the end of January and middle of February by the solar calendar. The holiday begins on the eve of the lunar New Year and lasts through the first three days of the first lunar month.
Other major anniversaries
- February 3: Anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party
- May 19: Birthday of President Ho Chi Minh
Traditional events (lunar calendar)
- Tet Khai Ha on the 7th day of the 1st lunar month heralds the coming of spring. This is a sign of bumper harvest and prosperity.
- The Thuong Nguyen (or The Nguyen Tieu) on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month. Devout Buddhists celebrate at Buddhist Shrines. This is also called the anniversary of Buddha’s death.
- Tet Han Thuc (cold goods) takes place in the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month. People make offerings of banh troi and banh chay (rice flour doughnuts stuffed with bean paste or lumps of brown sugar).
- Tet Thanh Minh (serene sky) falls on the 5th day of the 3rd lunar month. This is an occasion for people to visit and tidy the burial mounds of relatives.
- New Year of Khmer people in the Mekong Delta on the 2rd day of the 4th lunar month.
- Buddha’s Birthday on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month.
- Tet Doan Ngo, also called “Exterminating pest day”, is on the 5th lunar month. It is tradition to get up early, bath, eat fruit and drink sticky-rice wine.
- Tet Trung Nguyen (or Xa toi vong nhan) on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month.
- Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn festival) on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month.
- Kate Tet is celebrated by the Cham people of the Brahmanist group on the 29th day of the 8th lunar month
- Tet Ha Nguyen (New-Rice Tet) falls on the 1st day of the 10th lunar month.
- Lantern Festival is celebrated by the Khmer population in the south-west of the Viet Nam is honour of the moon, on the 15th day of the 11th lunar month.
- Tet Tao Quan (Household Gods) is on the 23rd day of the 12th month. It ends a year of working and heralds the coming of the Tet Nguyen Dan.