Festive holiday in Vietnam

Tet is the most important celebration, lasting for a week, from the last day of the last lunar month, to the 4th day of the first lunar month. Falling at the same time as Chinese New Year it revolves heavily around food —indeed Vietnamese refer to Tet celebrations as “eating Tet”.

Festive holiday in Vietnam
Festive holiday in Vietnam

Lunar New Year - Tet Holiday

Time: late January or early February

Tet is the most important celebration, lasting for a week, from the last day of the last lunar month, to the 4th day of the first lunar month. Falling at the same time as Chinese New Year it revolves heavily around food —indeed Vietnamese refer to Tet celebrations as “eating Tet”.

It is national holiday, and can be compared to Christmas in Europe. Most of Vietnamese people will take a week off from work and gather with their family and friends in their hometown to celebrate.

Liberation Day

 Time: 30 April

Vietnam’s Liberation Day marks the capture of Saigon on the 30th of April, 1975. The streets are generally decorated with lights, balloons and flowers to mark the occasion.

Hung King Temple Festival

Time: 14 April

Location: Phu Tho, Vietnam

The Hung King Temple, located on Nghia Linh Mountain 85 kilometers from Hanoi, hosts a grand festival for the Hung Kings – instrumental figures in founding Vietnam – which lasts for 3 days, from the 9th to the 11th of the 3rd lunar month. The 10th and main festival day commences with a flower ceremony, in which even state representatives participate.