Vietnam Public Holidays

There are 6 major public holidays in Vietnam in which some holidays are calculated on a Gregorian calendar and some are on Lunar Calendar. As a result, the date and duration of holidays may vary each year.

Firework in Ho Chi Minh city during New year holiday

Public holidays by year

2024
  • 2024
  • 2025
  • 2026
  • 2027
  • 2028
  • 2029
  • 2030
  • 2031
Holiday 2024 Date Time
International New Year's Day Jan 01, 2024 (Mon) 6 months, 1 week ago
Vietnamese New Year's Eve Feb 09, 2024 (Fri) 5 months ago
Vietnamese New Year Feb 10, 2024 (Sat) 5 months ago
Tet holiday Feb 11, 2024 (Sun) 5 months ago
Hung Kings Festival Apr 18, 2024 (Thu) 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Liberation Day/Reunification Day Apr 30, 2024 (Tue) 2 months, 1 week ago
International Labor Day May 01, 2024 (Wed) 2 months, 1 week ago
Independence Day Sep 02, 2024 (Mon) 1 month, 3 weeks
Holiday 2024 Date Time
International New Year's Day Jan 01, 2025 (Wed) 5 months, 3 weeks
Vietnamese New Year's Eve Jan 28, 2025 (Tue) 6 months, 2 weeks
Vietnamese New Year Jan 29, 2025 (Wed) 6 months, 2 weeks
Tet holiday Jan 30, 2025 (Thu) 6 months, 3 weeks
Hung Kings Festival Apr 07, 2025 (Mon) 8 months, 4 weeks
Liberation Day/Reunification Day Apr 30, 2025 (Wed) 9 months, 3 weeks
International Labor Day May 01, 2025 (Thu) 9 months, 3 weeks
Independence Day Sep 02, 2025 (Tue) 1 year, 1 month
Holiday 2024 Date Time
International New Year's Day Jan 01, 2026 (Thu) 1 year, 5 months
Vietnamese New Year's Eve Feb 16, 2026 (Mon) 1 year, 7 months
Vietnamese New Year Feb 17, 2026 (Tue) 1 year, 7 months
Tet holiday Feb 18, 2026 (Wed) 1 year, 7 months
Hung Kings Festival Apr 26, 2026 (Sun) 1 year, 9 months
Liberation Day/Reunification Day Apr 30, 2026 (Thu) 1 year, 9 months
International Labor Day May 01, 2026 (Fri) 1 year, 9 months
Independence Day Sep 02, 2026 (Wed) 2 years, 1 month
Holiday 2024 Date Time
International New Year's Day Jan 01, 2027 (Fri) 2 years, 5 months
Vietnamese New Year's Eve Feb 05, 2027 (Fri) 2 years, 6 months
Vietnamese New Year Feb 06, 2027 (Sat) 2 years, 6 months
Tet holiday Feb 07, 2027 (Sun) 2 years, 6 months
Hung Kings Festival Apr 16, 2027 (Fri) 2 years, 9 months
Liberation Day/Reunification Day Apr 30, 2027 (Fri) 2 years, 9 months
International Labor Day May 01, 2027 (Sat) 2 years, 9 months
Independence Day Sep 02, 2027 (Thu) 3 years, 1 month
Holiday 2024 Date Time
International New Year's Day Jan 01, 2028 (Sat) 3 years, 5 months
Vietnamese New Year's Eve Jan 25, 2028 (Tue) 3 years, 6 months
Vietnamese New Year Jan 26, 2028 (Wed) 3 years, 6 months
Tet holiday Jan 27, 2028 (Thu) 3 years, 6 months
Hung Kings Festival Apr 04, 2028 (Tue) 3 years, 8 months
Liberation Day/Reunification Day Apr 30, 2028 (Sun) 3 years, 9 months
International Labor Day May 01, 2028 (Mon) 3 years, 9 months
Independence Day Sep 02, 2028 (Sat) 4 years, 1 month
Holiday 2024 Date Time
International New Year's Day Jan 01, 2029 (Mon) 4 years, 5 months
Vietnamese New Year's Eve Feb 12, 2029 (Mon) 4 years, 7 months
Vietnamese New Year Feb 13, 2029 (Tue) 4 years, 7 months
Tet holiday Feb 14, 2029 (Wed) 4 years, 7 months
Hung Kings Festival Apr 23, 2029 (Mon) 4 years, 9 months
Liberation Day/Reunification Day Apr 30, 2029 (Mon) 4 years, 9 months
International Labor Day May 01, 2029 (Tue) 4 years, 9 months
Independence Day Sep 02, 2029 (Sun) 5 years, 1 month
Holiday 2024 Date Time
International New Year's Day Jan 01, 2030 (Tue) 5 years, 5 months
Vietnamese New Year's Eve Feb 02, 2030 (Sat) 5 years, 6 months
Vietnamese New Year Feb 03, 2030 (Sun) 5 years, 6 months
Tet holiday Feb 04, 2030 (Mon) 5 years, 6 months
Hung Kings Festival Apr 12, 2030 (Fri) 5 years, 9 months
Liberation Day/Reunification Day Apr 30, 2030 (Tue) 5 years, 9 months
International Labor Day May 01, 2030 (Wed) 5 years, 9 months
Independence Day Sep 02, 2030 (Mon) 6 years, 1 month
Holiday 2024 Date Time
International New Year's Day Jan 01, 2031 (Wed) 6 years, 5 months
Vietnamese New Year's Eve Jan 22, 2031 (Wed) 6 years, 6 months
Vietnamese New Year Jan 23, 2031 (Thu) 6 years, 6 months
Tet holiday Jan 24, 2031 (Fri) 6 years, 6 months
Hung Kings Festival Apr 01, 2031 (Tue) 6 years, 8 months
Liberation Day/Reunification Day Apr 30, 2031 (Wed) 6 years, 9 months
International Labor Day May 01, 2031 (Thu) 6 years, 9 months
Independence Day Sep 02, 2031 (Tue) 7 years, 1 month
Holiday 2024 Date Time
International New Year's Day Jan 01, 2032 (Thu) 7 years, 5 months
Vietnamese New Year's Eve Feb 10, 2032 (Tue) 7 years, 7 months
Vietnamese New Year Feb 11, 2032 (Wed) 7 years, 7 months
Tet holiday Feb 12, 2032 (Thu) 7 years, 7 months
Hung Kings Festival Apr 19, 2032 (Mon) 7 years, 9 months
Liberation Day/Reunification Day Apr 30, 2032 (Fri) 7 years, 9 months
International Labor Day May 01, 2032 (Sat) 7 years, 9 months
Independence Day Sep 02, 2032 (Thu) 8 years, 1 month

What are public holidays in Vietnam

Below is the calendar of the most popular public holidays in Vietnam.

Vietnamese New Year Holiday Flowers

Vietnam national holidays in brief:

First holiday of the year:

  • New Year Holiday (01 January)

Last holiday of the year:

  • Vietnam National Day (02 September)

Longest holiday duration:

  • Tet Holiday (7-9 days)

Unofficial holiday observance:

  • There are a few unofficial holidays in Vietnam including: Mid-Autumn Festival (Lunar August, 15th), Vietnamese Teacher's Day (November 20th) and International Women's Day (March 8th).

Number of days off for public holidays (2022)

  • 15 days

List of Upcoming Holidays in Vietnam (2024 and 2025)

Year

Date

Public holidays

Day

Holiday duration

2025

January 1

New Year's Day

Wed

2 days

(Jan 1 - 2)

January 2

New Year Holiday

Thur

January 28

Lunar New Year (Tet)

Tue

7 days

(Jan 28 - Feb 03)

April 07

Hung Kings Commemoration Day

Mon

5 days

(April 29 - May 3)

April 30

Reunification Day

Wed

May 1

Labor Day

Thu

September 2

National Day

Tue

2 days

(Sep 2 and 4)

September 4

National Day Holiday

Thu

2024

January 1

New Year Holiday

Monday

1 day

February 9

Lunar New Year (Tet)

Friday

7 days

(Feb 9 - 15)

April 18

Hung Kings Commemoration Day

May

1 day

April 30

Reunification Day

Tuesday

1 day

May 1

Labor Day

Wednesday

1 day

September 2

National Day

Monday

1 day

Among 6 public holidays, Tet Holiday (Lunar New Year) and Hung King Commemoration Day are subject to the Lunar Calendar so these holidays will be different year by year. Meanwhile, the other 4 holidays are specified on a fixed day on the regular calendar, so they are the same yearly.

According to Vietnam’s regulation, if public holidays fall on the weekend, a following day will be added to the holiday duration. If they are on a weekday, citizens are only entitled to public holidays as prescribed.

New Year Holiday

Like in other countries, New Year Holiday is the very first public holiday in Vietnam. It is the first day of January when everyone has a day off to celebrate the new year. There is only one statutory day for this holiday yet it may be added an extra day if it falls on the weekend.

During the New Year Holiday, the most exciting activities are carried out on New Year’s Eve on the night of 31st December. There will be a countdown event and fireworks in big cities such as Hanoi, Danang, Ho Chi Minh City, etc. Before that, travelers have a chance to watch some live music shows, entertainment activities, drone light shows, and more.

On the main holiday day, some choose to visit family while others will have a short trip, meet friends, or have a small celebration. Although New Year's Day January 1 is not the traditional New Year holiday in Vietnam, it is an important mark of the end of the old year and the start of new plans for the upcoming year.

Lunar New Year (Tet Holiday)

Tet or Lunar New Year is the most important and traditional holiday in Vietnam. It often lasts for 7 days but can be extended depending on the decision of the Vietnam Government. Tet Holiday may start from December 28th or 29th until January 5 or 6 in the lunar calendar which can fall from mid-January to mid-February of the solar calendar.

Although the major days of Tet are December 30 (sometimes December 29) and January 1, 2, and 3, everyone is given an early break to prepare for the holiday and additional 1-2 days later to rest and get ready to return to work.

Lunar New Year is the occasion for all Vietnamese to reunite with their families. There are many traditional activities during Tet such as decorating houses with traditional trees, going to pagodas/temples to pray for luck and happiness, visiting relatives, sending offerings to ancestors, giving lucky money, etc.

Hung Kings Commemoration Day

Similar to Tet, Hung Kings Commemoration Day is a great traditional holiday in Vietnam. The festival is celebrated in Phu Tho Province on March 10 in the Lunar Calendar and includes one day off unless it is on weekend. This is the event to commemorate and express gratitude to all Hung Kings - the very first kings who founded the Vietnam nation.

As a symbol of the spirit of great solidarity of the Vietnamese people, the religion of worshiping Hung Kings in Phu Tho was recognized by UNESCO as the representative intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2012.

Reunification Day

April 30th, 1975 is the vital mark of the liberation of Southern Vietnam and the reunification of the country. Since then, April 30th is an official holiday for the Vietnamese people to remember the ancient victory as well as honor heroic martyrs who fought for national independence.

The Reunification Day holiday only lasts 1 day but is always combined with the next holiday Labor Day (May 1st). There will be welcome ceremonies with activities such as singing the National Anthem, military parade, music or dance performance; sports activities to raise solidarity, visits to memorial constructions, etc.

Besides, this is also the time for the Halong Carnaval festival in Quang Ninh province which is renowned for the UNESCO heritage site of Halong Bay. This is a great festival to start the tourism season with many art shows, street dances, and low-range fireworks.

Labor Day

Like all foreign nations, Labor Day in Vietnam is on May 1st every year and will take place in only one day. The event is to honor the labor force and fight for peace, democracy, and social progress.

Since it is right after Reunification Day in Vietnam, this is the occasion for everyone to return to their hometown to visit their families or travel around. Especially, if these two continuous holidays fall on Saturday and Sunday, people will have up to 2 days added to their holiday duration.

This event is one of the peak days for tourism in Vietnam, especially for domestic travelers. Therefore, the travel cost during this time is usually higher to cover the cost of service and bonus for overtime workers/staff.

National Day

On September 2nd, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh read the proclamation giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in Ba Dinh Square (Hanoi Capital). To commemorate a historical milestone in the nation's establishment and defense of the Vietnamese people as well as show respect for the merits of sacrifice of former generations, September 2nd is a vital public holiday in Vietnam yearly.

National Day holiday is celebrated within 1 day with activities such as visiting and sending gifts to heroic Vietnamese mothers and families with meritorious services to the revolution, organizing meaningful works for the community, and welcoming culture and sports activities, etc. Travelers will see Vietnamese flags hanging on all streets and feel the great national pride of every Vietnamese.

Other festivals in Vietnam

New Year Holiday Foods

In addition to the major public holidays above, there are some festivals that you should not miss when coming to Vietnam.

Date

Festivals

What is special?

13th Lunar January

Lim Festival

Quan Ho folk singing, folk games, traditional costume and activities. 

15th Lunar January

Huong Pagoda Festival

Boat trip to watch limestone mountains, rice fields, Huong Tich Cave, showing the religious spirit and wishing luck.

15th Lunar January

Phu Giay Festival

Folk songs, traditional games, cultural activities.

3rd Lunar March

Tet Han Thuc

To honor ancestors and the merits of the deceased. Activities: making and enjoying rice ball sugar cake (banh troi), and rice ball bean cake (banh chay).

April/May/June every 2 years

Hue Festival

Maintain traditional customs, cultural activities: Ao Dai show (Vietnamese traditional dress), art exhibition, kite flying, etc.

8th Lunar April

Buddha’s Birthday

Beautifully decorated pagodas, prayer sessions of Buddhists, procession.

15th Lunar July

Wandering Souls Day

Show respect to ancestors by going to the pagoda to pray, preparing offerings on the altar, etc.

14th - 15th Lunar August

Mid-Autumn Festival

Family reunion day, lion dance performance, lantern procession, enjoying full moon cakes,…

Every 14th lunar month

Hoi An Lantern Festival

Paper lanterns being held in every corner of Hoi An Ancient Town, electricity replaced by lanterns, taking a boat trip and dropping lanterns on the river to make a wish.

Travel tips when coming to Vietnam on public holidays

  • Make sure all important documents such as passport, visa, approval visa letter,...are handled well in advance of your trip since all government offices will be closed on public holidays.
  • Book hotel accommodations, flight tickets, and local tours in advance to avoid unavailability.
  • Traffic on the road may be heavy, especially on the first and the last day of the holiday, so make sure you spend generous time transferring to avoid the late.
  • Take care of your luggage and valuables, especially in crowds.
  • Most shops and businesses are closed during the Tet holiday, especially on Lunar December 30 and January 1, 2, and 3. Hence, you should check the opening and closing times of the place you want to go to in advance.
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1. Should tourists come to Vietnam on public holidays?

Although it will be more crowded during holidays due to the high volume of both international and domestic travelers, public holidays are the occasions for tourists to know more about the tradition and Vietnam people. So, if you do not mind the crowds, you are recommended to join the Vietnam tour on public holidays.

2. What is the most famous Vietnam public holiday?

It is the Lunar New Year or Tet or Tet Nguyen Dan Holiday. This is the most traditional holiday with the longest duration. There are a bunch of traditional activities and ceremonies during this event which are unique and very interesting to know. Joining a homestay or local family will be the best way to learn about the tradition and customs of the Tet Holiday.

3. How many holidays are specified by the Vietnamese Government?

There are only 6 public holidays specified by the Vietnamese Government including New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year, Hung Kings Commemoration Day, Reunification Day, Labor Day, and Vietnam National Day.

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