Vietnam Resources

Huong Pagoda Festival
Western New Year Eve
Tet Holiday
Huong Pagoda FestivalSituated in Ha Noi, Huong Pagoda Complex is considered as the centers of Buddhism in Vietnam. The complex consists of several Buddhist pagodas and temples on Huong Tich lime-stone mountain Huong Pagoda Festival is held annually and the it’s official days is from 15th to the end of the second lunar month.

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Vietnam is the eastern most country on the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated population of 92 million people, it is Asian’s 8th most populous country and the 13th most populous country in the world. Its capital city is Hanoi and its leading business city is Ho Chi Minh City in the south of the country. Since 2000, Vietnam's economic growth rate has been among the highest in the world and achieved economic growth of 6.7% in 2015.

 

Vietnam - 2017 Holidays & Observances 

Date

Holiday name

Holiday type

1-Jan

International New Year's Day

National holiday

27-Jan

Vietnamese New Year's Eve

National holiday

28-Jan

Vietnamese New Year

National holiday

29-Jan – 1-Feb

Tet holiday

National holiday

14-Feb

Valentine's Day

Observance

20-Mar

March Equinox

Season

28-March - -6-April

Huong Pagoda Festival

Religion

6-Apr

Vietnamese Kings' Commemoration Day

National holiday

7-Apr

Public Holiday

National holiday

30-Apr – 1-May

Liberation Day/Reunification Day

National holiday

2-May

International Labor Day

National holiday

21-May

Vesak (Phat Dan in Viet Nam)

Religion

19-May

Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday

National holiday

21-Jun

June Solstice

Season

28-Jun

Vietnamese Family Day

Observance

2 - 4-Sep

Independence Day

National holiday

22-Sep

September equinox

Season

20-Oct

Vietnamese Women's Day

Observance

31-Oct

Halloween

Observance

21-Dec

December Solstice

Season

24 - 25-Dec

Christmas Eve

Observance

 


Western New Year Eve

In their daily lives, Vietnamese people follow the Western calendar, or solar calendar. Thus, they also import some of Western holidays, including the Western New Year Eve (January 1). In Vietnam, since Ho Chi Minh City is influenced by various cultures, activities for welcoming the New Year is mostly concentrated in this city.

Tet Holiday

Tet Holiday, or Lunar New Year is the most important celebration of Vietnam. Like Western New Year Eve, the meaning of Tet is ending old year and welcome new year. Tet starts on the first day of the first lunar month (according to the lunar calendar).

Huong Pagoda Festival

Situated in Ha Noi, Huong Pagoda Complex is considered as the centers of Buddhism in Vietnam. The complex consists of several Buddhist pagodas and temples on Huong Tich lime-stone mountain Huong Pagoda Festival is held annually and the it’s official days is from 15th to the end of the second lunar month.

Hung King Anniversary

Hung King Anniversary is a public holiday held on the 10th of the third lunar month. However, the festival is taken place some weeks before in Hung Vuong Temple, Phu Tho Province. This is not the anniversary for the death of Hung Kings. This day is for memorizing the Hung Kings, who had found the country of ancient Vietnam

Liberation Day

Liberation Day, or Reunification Day is a public holiday that marks the occasion North Vietnamese troops captured Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City in present days) on April 30, 1975. This event signalled the end of Vietnam War and start the period of reunification.

Ho Chi Minh’ s birthday

Ho Chi Minh, also known as Uncle Ho was a great revolutionary leader, who led Vietnamese people in liberating Vietnam. He also had the key figure in the foundation of Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945. In order to memorize Uncle Ho’s contribute, the Vietnam Government decided to make his birthday a national public holiday.

Vesak (Phat Dan in Viet Nam)

Phat Dan is a traditional Buddhist holiday which commemorates the birth, enlighten and death of Buddha. This holy day is annually celebrated in the 15th day of April lunar calendar. In Vietnam, many festivals are held around this day. Celebrating Phat Dan means making special efforts to bring happiness to everyone and look back ourselves.

National Day

September 2, 1945 was a major date of Vietnam. It was an establishment day of Democratic Republic of Vietnam. On this date, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square, officialy claiming the independence and sovereignty of Vietnam from France.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival takes place in on the 15th of the lunar August, when the Moon is bigger and brighter than any time of the year. Therefore, it is also called the Full Moon Festival. Its another name, Children Festival shows that it is the most exciting annual festival for children.

Christmas

With the expansion of Western culture, Christmas is imported into Vietnam. Christmas in Vietnam is a huge event, especially in Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi. On this date, the street is crowd as Vietnamese people like to go out with friends. Roads and many shopping malls are well-decorated for people taking photos