List of 2012 Vietnam Public Holidays

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.

List of public holidays in Vietnam for calendar year 2012
Below is the list of 2012 Vietnamese public holidays.

Tet Duong Lich
New Year’s Day
^Sunday, 1 January 2012

Tet Nguyen Dan / Vietnamese New Year
Lunar New Year / Vietnamese New Year, Tet Nguyen Dan, 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 Nguyen Dan (in Sino-Vietnamese) 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.
(Info on Chinese New Year 2012)
Monday, 23 January 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Thursday, 26 January 2012

Gio to Hung Vuong Day
Hung Kings Commemorations – Traditional holiday adopted by the government on 28 March 2007 commemorating the mythical Hung Kings. Hung Vuong (Hung 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 2012 is celebrated on 10th day of 3rd month in lunar calendar.
^Saturday, 31 March 2012

Ngay thong nhat
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.

In the overseas Vietnamese exile community, the day is remembered as the “Fall of Saigon”, but this term is considered treasonous in present day Vietnam and can lead to harassment or imprisonment.
Monday, 30 April 2012

Ngay Quoc te Lao dong
International Labour Day
Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Quoc khanh
National Day – Vietnam declares its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam)
^Sunday, 2 September 2012

^If a Vietnamese public holiday falls during the weekend, it is observed on the following Monday.

Happy Vietnam Holidays 2012 !