- 1. About Vietnam holidays and traditions
- 2. The 5 important Vietnam holidays that you may not know
- 3. Suggested things to do during your Vietnam holiday tours
There is no lack of Vietnam holiday in the S-shaped country. Each holiday has a certain meaning and value in the history and culture of the nation. Therefore, while you are planning your Vietnam travel itinerary, it is recommended that you check which holiday in Vietnam is coming soon.
1. About Vietnam holidays and traditions
There are various holidays in Vietnam, which are celebrated according to both the lunar and solar calendars. During a Vietnam holiday, people always get days off and have special customs to celebrate. There are also a lot of exciting activities for the public on these occasions.
2. The 5 important Vietnam holidays that you may not know
2.1. In January: New Year’s Day
Like other countries in the world, Vietnam celebrates the New Year’s Day on the first of January and people have a day off from work. This custom dates back to the 18th century, when Vietnam was under French occupation. Gradually, the day has been celebrated by locals throughout the country. There may be fireworks on the new year’s eve, and countdown parties are organised. There are many special programmes on TV and radio as well.
2.2. In the first lunar month: Tet Holiday in Vietnam
Tet (Lunar New Year) is the most important festival in Vietnam, which falls on the first 3 days of the first lunar month. Everyone has around one week off to reunite with their families and celebrate the event. In big cities, streets are decorated with vivid lights, apricot blossoms, kumquat trees, and other flowers and plants.
To welcome the new year, people clean and decorate their houses, and prepare a lot of traditional foods to enjoy the Tet holiday. They visit others’ houses to wish each other luck, happiness, and wealth in the new year. They also exchange ‘lucky money’ and gifts with the hope to have more money.
The street will be beautiful and less crowded. There will be traditional festivals everywhere. It is great to visit Vietnam at this time.
2.3. In the third lunar month: Vietnam Hung King Holiday
The Hung King Festival takes place in several days around the 10th day of the third lunar month to commemorate the Hung Kings, who founded the Hong Bang Dynasty in 2879 BC. Hung Kings are considered the ancestors of Vietnamese people. The festival is organised on Nghia Linh Mountain, Phu Tho Province, which is some 85 kilometres to the northwest of Hanoi.
There are many worship ceremonies, cultural and sport activities during these days. People from all around the country flock to the Hung King Temple to pay tribute to their ancestors. The main ceremony starts at the foot of the mountain before it moves up to the temple on the mountain. People often burn incense, offer food and fruits to their ancestors and pray for good luck.
The practice of worshiping Hung Kings has been recognised as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.
2.4. Vietnam holiday April and May: Reunification Day and Labor Day
The Reunification Day (April 30th) is an important event for Vietnamese people, which dates back to 1975 when the Vietnamese army defeated the America-backed regime in the south, reuniting the whole country. The Labour Day (May 1st) is also celebrated in Vietnam as in other countries.
National flags will be hung everywhere while the streets are well-decorated with lights and banners. There are parades, fireworks, and national live shows as well.
On this occasion, offices are closed but services for tourism are still available. Vietnamese people often come back to their hometown or go travelling. Foreigner tourists are advised to visit the country at this time, as the weather is pleasant while there are lots of celebrating activities and ceremonies.
2.5. Vietnam holiday in September: National Day
September 2nd in 1945 was the day President Ho Chi Minh read the declaration of independence, marking the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Since then, it has become the National Day of the S-shaped country.
On this occasion, streets will be extremely bustling and full of music, national flags, banners, and flowers. There may be fireworks, parades, and street art shows. A lot more people visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi at this time.
Besides the above-mentioned public holidays, Vietnam has many other festivals in every month of the year. For example:
- Lantern Festival (on the full moon day of the 1st lunar month)
- Mid-year Festival (on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month)
- Ghost Festival (on the 15th of the 7th lunar month)
- Mid-Autumn Festival (on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month)
- Vietnamese Women’s Day (October 20th)
3. Suggested things to do during your Vietnam holiday tours
Depending on the destinations you choose, there are various activities to take part in during Vietnam holidays:
- In Hanoi, you can visit the Old Quarter, Hanoi Opera House, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hoan Kiem Lake, Dong Xuan Market, West Lake, and various pagodas in the city.
- In Phu Quoc, you should watch the sunrise and sunset on romantic beaches like Ong Lang Beach, Starfish Beach, Rach Vem Beach, and Long Beach. You can also dive to see coral reefs and colourful schools of fish in An Thoi Island.
- In Nha Trang, remember to swim at Long Beach Cam Ranh, visit the National Oceanographic Museum, Tri Nguyen Aquarium, Po Nagar Cham Towers, and go snorkeling at Hon Mun Island.
- In Hoi An, you should check out the Japanese Bridge Hoi An, Hoi An night market, Quan Cong Temple, Phuc Kien Assembly Hall, and Cantonese Assembly Hall.
- Vinpearl Aquarium and VinKE Times City, Minh Khai Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, offer endless fun for families with children.
At Vinpearl Aquarium, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the ocean world at one of the most modern aquarium systems in Vietnam. In a total area of nearly 4,000 square meters, Vinpearl Aquarium is home to more than 30,000 sea creatures from around the world.
Meanwhile, VinKE is a “play and learn” space for children to experience their dream career, learn about their favorite field, and become more confident with the world around them. It focuses on many job simulation games, such as Fire Department, Traffic Police, Fashion Star, Kid Chef, Auto Repair Workshop, etc.
- VinWonders Phu Quoc is known as the largest theme park in Vietnam and a leading one in Asia, with an area of up to 46.7 hectares. It has 6 subdivisions, namely European Streetmosphere, Typhoon World, Mysterious Viking Village, Fairy World, Adventure World and Neptune Palace. The park offers more than 100 attractive games, which will promisingly bring many memorable entertainment moments for you.
- VinWonders Nha Trang is also an unmissable destination. Located on Hon Tre Island, it is a fantastic amusement park with many interesting activities in an area of up to 50 hectares. The park has 6 subdivisions and nearly 100 exciting entertainment activities suitable for visitors of all ages. You can see rare animals and enjoy bird shows at King’s Garden, participate in thrilling games at Adventure Land, or experience other awesome things at World Garden, Water World, Sea World, and Fairy Land.
- A highlight in Hoi An is VinWonders Nam Hoi An, a top-rated amusement park that has been attracting a huge number of tourists thanks to its indoor and outdoor entertainment areas in 5 subdivisions, namely:
- Adventure Land: Test your courage and break your own limits through 20 heart-pounding games
- Island of Folk Culture: Discover the genuine architectural features of the three regions of Vietnam
- Water World: Cool yourself down with water slides and pools
- Harbor Corner: Explore the harmonization of Eastern and Western cultures in both the past and present
- River Safari: Watch and play with more than 50 species of animals in Vietnam’s first and largest river safari
Your trip to Vietnam will be much nicer if you know about Vietnamese culture in advance. Hence, checking which Vietnam holiday is coming is important before your journey, as you can better plan your journey.