5 Most Important Festivals And Holidays in Vietnam

Vietnam has a heroic history with many wars and diverse traditional cultures; these two things make Vietnam have many traditional festivals and holidays in a year.

So, if you are a person who prefers quietness and privacy, finding out about festivals & holidays in Vietnam is a must-do to prepare for your journey to discover Vietnam.

1. Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year, also known as Vietnamese Tet, is the most important traditional festival for Vietnamese people. Tet begins on January 1 of the lunar calendar every year.

Before Tet, Vietnamese people often have customs such as “offering the Tao Quan” (December 23 of the lunar calendar) and “Acquiring Tat Nien” (December 29 or 30 of the lunar calendar).

On the last days of the year, families in Vietnam often clean and decorate their houses together, cook Banh tet, Banh Chung, and go together to buy peach and kumquat trees in the North.

The families in the Central and in the South will buy yello apricot blossom. This is considered a necessary preparation in the days approaching Tet.

During the Tet holidays, people all over Vietnam rest and visit relatives, friends, or they will go to Vietnam pagodas to pray for good things to come to their families.

This is also an opportunity for everyone in the family to get together after a year of hard work. They chat, visit and wish each other the best wishes.

Lunar New Year - Festivals in Vietnam

2. Hung Kings’ Anniversary

Whoever goes backward, remember the death anniversary of March 10.

This Vietnamese proverb talks about the importance of this holiday and today’s Hung Kings’ Anniversary which has become an excellent holiday for the Vietnamese people to commemorate the merits of the Hung Kings who have built and defended this country.

The festival is held every year on the 10th day of the third lunar month at Hung Temple – Viet Tri City – Phu Tho Province.

On this day, Vietnamese people from all over Vietnam gather here to commemorate the merits of the Hung Kings. As a national holiday, everyone has a day off.

Agencies and organizations often have extensive activities to celebrate the Hung Kings. It reminds Vietnamese people to always look to their roots and work together to build a more prosperous and more beautiful Vietnam.

3. Reunification Day & International Labor Day

The event of April 30, 1975, was an important day for the Vietnamese people – This is when Vietnam won the complete victory and unified the country in the war with the US in South Vietnam.

This is a milestone for the end of the most extended, most challenging, and the greatest battle in the history of the anti-foreign invasion of the Vietnamese people; it marks the end of the war, and Vietnam enters a new era. Period of overcoming the consequences of war and economic development.

International Workers’ Day or May 1 celebrates the international workers’ movement worldwide while praising the workforce, fighting for peace, and democracy, social progress. In Vietnam, everyone has a day off on International Labor Day.

4. Vietnam National Day

Vietnam National Day is an official holiday of Vietnam, taking place on September 2 every year, commemorating the day President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi, giving birth Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Every year to this day, in the heart of every Vietnamese person, sacred and emotional feelings explode in remembrance of Uncle Ho – the beloved old father of the Vietnamese nation.

Seventy-five years since the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Vietnam is constantly striving to rise strongly.

After more than 30 years of conducting economic development renovation, Vietnam has achieved outstanding achievements. With that great significance and stature, September 2 has become a great festival of the Vietnamese nation.

Every year, the National Day holiday has many celebratory and artistic activities that attract a lot of viewers because this is a significant holiday for Vietnamese people.

Vietnam National Day - Holidays in Vietnam

5. Mid-Autumn Festival

This is a festival usually held from the 14th to the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. This is a holiday that Vietnamese children look forward to because, on these days, children will be given toys by adults; the toys are star-shaped lanterns, masks, towing lights, and they can eat cakes such as baked or sticky rice mooncakes.

In addition, adults also organize many fun activities for young children, such as letting them star-shaped lanterns parade, play folk games, see the lion dance, and join the crowds on the roads to experience the vibrant atmosphere of the street during the festival.

Mid-Autumn Festival is a big holiday in Vietnam, but it is also the main festival in East Asian and Southeast Asian countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore. Currently, Mid-Autumn Festival is a national holiday in Taiwan, North Korea, and South Korea.

Mid Autumn Festivals in Vietnam

Above, we have compiled a list of important festivals and holidays in Vietnam. I hope this information in the article will help you choose precisely the best time to visit Vietnam. If you find this helpful article, please share it with everyone!