There are a total of 9 days of Vietnamese public holidays a year, making it the lowest in the region. Previously, there are even less Vietnamese public holidays, with workers observed just 8 days of public holiday a year. Starting from March 28, 2007 Vietnam government added the traditional holiday commemorating the mythical Hung Kings to its list of public holidays, increasing the number of days to 9.
Below is the list of public holidays in Vietnam
New Year’s Day or local name “Tet Duong Lich” falls on Sunday, 1 January
Vietnamese New Year
Lunar New Year/Vietnamese New Year, Tet Nguyên Ðán, more commonly known by its shortened name Tet, is the largest, most important and popular holiday and festival in Vietnam. It is the Vietnamese New Year based on the lunar calendar, a lunisolar calendar. The name Tet Nguyên Ðán can be loosely translated as Feast of the First Morning.
Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnamese New Year) is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year. It takes place from the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. However the corresponding public holiday started a day earlier, from last day of the last lunar month. Visitors may experience difficulties during this period as shops, restaurants and public services close and prices tend to go up in the few shops that remain open.
Gio to Hung Vuong Day
Hung Kings Commemorations – Traditional holiday adopted by the government on 28 March 2007 commemorating the mythical Hùng Kings. Hùng Vuong (Hùng Kings in Vietnamese) was the first king of Van Lang or Lac Viet (as Vietnam was known at the time). His dynasty existed in Vietnamese prehistory, but much of the lore from this time is now lost to the ages. Gio to Hung Vuong Day is celebrated on 10th day of 3rd month in lunar calendar.
Vietnam Victory Day, Reunification Day, or Liberation Day is a public holiday in Vietnam that marks the occasion Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops captured Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) on April 30, 1975. This signaled the end of the Vietnam War. This holiday is celebrated on 30 April yearly.
International Labour Day on 1 May
National Day – Vietnam declares its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, it is celebrated on 2 September yearly.