Vietnamese observes less than 10 public holidays a year, the least in the region. Before 2007, the number of holidays in Vietnam were even less with only 8 holidays a year for workers in the recently free-war country. The government of Vietnam added one more holiday – Gio to Hung Vuong Day – to commemorate the Mythical Hung Kings on March 28, 2007. Currently, the Southeast Asian country celebrates 9 public holidays every year.
List of public holidays in Vietnam for calendar year 2014
Below is the list of 2014 Vietnamese public holidays.
Tet Nguyen Dan / Vietnamese New Year
Tet Nguyen Dan, also known as Lunar New Year or Tet for short, is the most important and popular holiday and festival in Vietnam. It celebrates the first day of the year based on the lunar calendar. Translated loosely in English, Tet Nguyen Dan means Feast of the First Morning.
Tet Nguyen Dan falls on the same date as Chinese New Year and Korean New Year or Seollal. It is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar which commonly falls around late January or early February in Western calendar. The holiday for Tet Nguyen Dan in Vietnam may last for 4 days starting from the day before Vietnamese New Year. During Tet Nguyen Dan holidays, most shops, restaurants, and public services are closed while the shops that remain open tend to increase the price.
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Thursday, 30 January 2014
Friday, 31 January 2014 (Tet Nguyen Dan)
^Saturday, 1 February 2014
^Sunday, 2 February 2014
Monday, 3 February 2014
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Gio to Hung Vuong Day
Hung Kings Commemoration – This holiday commemorates the mythical Hung Kings. It was declared as a public holiday by Vietnamese government on 28 March 2007. Prior to the date, Vietnamese observed only 8 public holidays a year.
Hung Vuong, known as Hung Kings in Vietnamese, was the first king of Van Lang or Lac Viet (the name of Vietnam in the past). Vietnamese celebrates Gio to Hung Vuong Day on the 10th day of the 3rd month in lunar calendar, thus, the date changes from year to year in Western calendar.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Ngay Thong Nhat
Ngay Thong Nhat, also known as Vietnam Victory Day, Reunification Day, and Liberation Day, commemorates the success of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops in capturing Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) on 30 April 1975. This event signaled the end of the Vietnam War.
Some exiled Vietnamese community outside Vietnam refers to the event as “The Fall of Saigon”. Yet, this term is currently forbidden and considered treasonous in Vietnam. The use of this term in Vietnam may lead to harassment or even imprisonment.
Wednesday, 30 April 2014