Holidays and festivals in Vietnam

Visit of Vietnam official holidays and festivals on one side looks very attractive and attracts huge number of tourists both from abroad and inside the country. But on the other hand, on the eve of holidays and festivals and some time after, the prices of tourist services and transport would significantly increase, and sometimes the availability of hotels is simply impossible to find.

Thus, the authors of the site can as an example lead to the experience of visiting the town of Sapa in Northern Vietnam during the “Festival in the clouds” at the end of April. Although this is not an official holiday weekends, it attracts a lots of Vietnamese and tourists, which leads to higher prices at hotels at least five times. The guesthouses where just a day before the festival was to stay for 10 dollars, the next day gave up $ 50, and available seats were very problematic. Approximately the same situation was repeated in Hanoi during the official holiday on may 1 (international workers Day).

These examples are not in order to scare you and be discouraged from visiting Vietnam during the holidays, and so you are ready for some possible difficulties in this regard. In General to get on any holiday is a great success and great fun. So don’t be afraid of the holidays and their complications, but just prepare for them in advance by purchasing tickets, reserving hotels, and properly planning your route.

Official and national holidays of Vietnam

* Red indicates official weekend, blue – other memorable dates.

January 1 – New year’s day (international)

January-February (the first day of the first lunar month, lasting a few days) – Tet (Tet Nguyen Dan) – the Vietnamese New year . The most important festival in the life of a Vietnamese. According to the custom of his note to the family, and was not Vietnamese, he’ll come home for the celebration of Tet. Travelling alone it is worth considering that at this time, and also on life in Vietnam freezes and can cause problems with moving to cities, hotels and excursions, and other inconveniences. Of course, all transport (including international flights) is crowded and the prices jump.

The start date of Tet for the coming years:

February 10, 2013 — year of the Snake

January 31, 2014 — year of the Horse

19 February 2015 — the year of the Goat (Sheep)

February 9, 2016 — the year of the Monkey

28 January 2017 — the year of the Rooster

February 16, 2018 — the year of the Dog

5 February 2019 — the year of the Boar

25 January 2020 — the year of the Rat

February 3 – the Day of Foundation of the Vietnamese Communist party (1930)

March 8 – international Women’s Day

April (the tenth day of the third month of the lunar calendar, and lasts for 7 days)- Day of commemoration of the hung kings (Gio To Hung Vuong / Hung Kings’ Temple Festival) . The main celebrations are held in the complex of Temples of the hung kings in the Northern province of Phu tho (County Hongtao, G. Vietti). The kings hung in Vietnam are considered the founders of the country Vanlang – initial state structure of ancient Viet (Vietnamese)

Date of celebration for the coming years:

19 April 2013

April 9, 2014

April 28, 2015

April 16, 2016

6 April 2017

April 25, 2018

April 14, 2019

April 2, 2020

April 30 – victory Day to mark the end of the Vietnam war (1975)

May 1 – international workers Day

7 may – the Victory at Dien bien Phu (1954)

May 19 – birthday of the first President of Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh (1890)

June 1 – international children’s Day

June 28 – Day Vietnamese family

July 27 – memorial Day-independence of Vietnam (1964-1965)

August 19 – Day national-democratic revolution in Vietnam (1945)

September 2 – Day the independence of Vietnam

October 10 – the Day of liberation of the capital – Hanoi (1954)

October 20 – Vietnamese women’s Day

20 November – Day of the Teacher

December 22 – the Day of formation of the Vietnam people’s army

December 25 – Catholic Christmas

Festivals and holidays of Vietnam

Festivals and holidays in Vietnam are conducted in accordance with the lunar calendar, therefore it is necessary to specify in advance the start date of the new lunar year.

Nearly every province celebrates their festivals and holidays. The locals are very respectfully belong to their traditions and trying to be well supported. Quite often held festivals and events are accompanied by lack of beds in hotels or unjustified overpricing for the period of interventions in several times, so one should be concerned about your accommodation and book a hotel.

Festivals and other similar events in Vietnam a lot. We have identified perhaps the most interesting and mass, as well as those that can be encountered by you during your travel in Vietnam.

From January to April (6 day of the first month on the 15th day of the third month) – Festival of perfume pagoda in the temple Huong (province of Hatay)

January (4 day of the first month) – Festival of wrestlers in Hanoi

February (5th to 8th day of the first month) – Spring song festival in Lao Cai province

February-March (11th to 15th day of the first month) – Spring Festival of the pagoda in Tonga Lao Cai province

February (13 day of the first month) – Festival of folk singing lim in BAC Ninh province (Mr. lim)

February (the 15th day of the first month) – Tet Gentieu or the Feast of the first full moon in the lunar new year, everywhere

February (15 day of the first month) – Festival of paper lanterns everywhere

March (21st day of the first month) – Festival of racing boats in Haiphong

March-April (from 18th to 20th day of the second month) – Festival in the pagoda Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva in da Nang

April (3 day of the third month) Day of remembrance of ancestors, everywhere

April (the 10th day of the third month) – Water festival in Hanoi (district Tu Liem)

The end of April (lasts two days) – fireworks Festival in da Nang. in the centre of the city on the Han river

April-may (from 20 to 23 day of the third month) is a Religious festival in Nha Trang. in the tower of po Nagar (Po Nagar)

April-may (23rd day of the third month) – Festival of the Pagoda Ba Thien Hau in Ho Chi Minh city

April-may (lasts 5 days) – the Festival of traditional crafts in hue

April-may (lasts 7 days) – Festival tourism in ha long carnival

May (the 15th day of the fourth month) – Buddha’s birthday, everywhere

From mid-may to end of August – the Fruit festival in Ho Chi Minh city, Park Suoi Tien

The first half of June (every two years) – the hue Festival (province Thuathien), dedicated to the life of the Imperial Nguyen dynasty

June (5th day of the fifth month) Festival mid year, everywhere

July-August (24th day of the sixth month) – The festival of the Pagoda Ong (Ong) in Ho Chi Minh city

August (the 15th day of the seventh month – the Feast of the spirits, everywhere

September (3 day of the eighth month) – Festival of firecrackers in Haiphong

September (9th day of the eighth month) – bullfights in Haiphong (Peninsula Dawson)

September (the 15th day of the eighth month) – mid-autumn Festival (Tet Chengdu (Tet Trung Thu) or full Moon party), everywhere

September-October (from 14th to 17th day of the eighth month) – Festival in honor of the Holy China – the main holiday of Vietnamese fishermen (Maritime province)

From late November through early January (once in two years, lasts 5 days) – Floral festival in da lat

From late December through early January – the kite Festival in Vung Tau province of Barium Vung Tau)

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