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1.5 Calendar

In Vietnam it is more difficult to know when the festivals, holidays and events are. That is because of the lunar year. The new year of Vietnam starts every year on a different day. All festivals are measured with the new lunar year.


  • Jan 1: International New Year’s Day 
  • Feb 15: Vietnamese New Year’s Eve
  • Feb 16: Vietnamese New Year
  • Feb 17- 20: Tet Holiday
  • April 25: Vietnamese Kings’ Commemoration Day
  • April 30: Liberation - Reunification 
  • May 1: International Labor Day
  • Sep 2: Independence Day
  • Sep 3: Independence Day - Observed


  • Jan 1: International New Years Day
  • Feb 4: Vietnamese New Years Eve
  • Feb 5: Vietnamese New Years Day
  • Feb 6 - 9: Tet Holiday
  • April 14: Vietnamese Kings’ Commemoration Day
  • April 30: Liberation - Reunification Day
  • May 1: International Labor Day
  • Sep 2: Independence Day
Vietnam is a country that celebrates a lot of holidays, such as Asian and Western. You’ll find festive decoration and a lot of happy people at the streets. We definitely recommend to celebrate the holidays in Vietnam if you have the opportunity.
Every holiday contains an explanation and how the country will be to travel. If you still have any questions, feel free to ask!

1 January - New Year’s Day

Similar to the West, is international New Year’s Day an official holiday in Vietnam. A lot of Vietnamese have a day off, but the tourist industry goes on. 

End of January - Beginning of February : Tết Nguyên Đán

The most important date in the Vietnamese festival calendar is New Year (Tet Nguyen Dan). After an initial jamboree, Tet is largely a family occasion when offices are shut, and many shops and restaurants may close for the seven-day festival. Officially only the first four days are public holidays, though many people take the whole week. First to seventh days of first lunar month; late January to mid-February.

Planning your trip during Tết.

During Tết the whole country comes to a stop. Just before Tết, many Vietnamese travel to their family, which makes it hard to get tickets for public transport. Vietnamese people eat with their families, so the streets are empty and many shops, restaurant, museums and government buildings are closed. 

Banks are also closed during Tết and ATMs aren’t refilled during these days. So if you are in Vietnam stock up on cash well ahead of the start of the holiday so you won’t run short of Vietnamese Dong!

When you are in Vietnam during Tết it’s important to carefully plan what you want to do and book everything in advance. 

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