VIETNAMESE NATIONAL HOLIDAYS (2023-24)

Below is a list of the 2023 Vietnamese National Holidays. 

Further down, we will also talk about the significance of Vietnamese Public Holidays and how they are celebrated. 

There is also a list of the 2024 Vietnamese National Holidays. 

Throughout the page we’ve also created a number of images (including the one you can see here) that you can download, share and save.

First we’ll give you all the key dates for 2023 and then further down the dates for 2024.

Let’s learn about the Vietnamese National Holidays in more detail now!

Vietnamese National Holidays

Vietnamese Holidays | Dates in 2023

Vietnamese Holidays | Dates in 2024

Vietnamese Holidays | How Does Vietnam Celebrate Holidays?

Vietnamese Holidays | FAQ’S

VIETNAMESE NATIONAL HOLIDAYS 2023

Here are the Vietnamese National Holiday dates for 2023.

DatesHolidayVietnamese Name
January 1st, 2023New Year’s DayTết dương lịch
January 21st-January 26th, 2023Vietnamese New YearTết Nguyên Đán
April 29th, 2023Hung Kings CommemorationGiỗ tổ Hùng Vương
April 30th, 2023Day of Southern Liberation and National ReunificationNgày Giải phóng miền Nam, Thống nhất Đất nước
May 1st, 2023International Workers’ DayNgày Quốc tế lao động
September 2nd-3rd, 2023Independence DayQuốc khánh

Other Holidays and Observed Dates in 2023

DatesHolidayVietnamese Name
January 9th, 2023Vietnamese Students’ DayNgày Học sinh – Sinh viên Việt Nam
February 3rd, 2023Communist Party of Vietnam Foundation AnniversaryNgày thành lập Đảng
February 27th, 2023Vietnamese Physicians’ DayNgày Thầy thuốc Việt Nam
March 8th, 2023International Women’s DayNgày Quốc tế Phụ nữ
April 9th, 2023EasterLễ Phục Sinh
April 21st, 2023Vietnam Book DayNgày Sách Việt Nam
May 7th, 2023Dien Bien Phu Victory DayNgày Chiến thắng Điện Biện Phủ
May 14th, 2023Mother’s DayNgày của Mẹ
May 19th, 2023President Ho Chi Minh’s BirthdayNgày sinh Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh
June 1st, 2023International Children’s DayNgày Quốc tế Thiếu nhi
June 18th, 2023Father’s DayNgày của Cha
June 28th, 2023Vietnamese Family DayNgày Gia đình Việt Nam
July 27th, 2023Remembrance DayNgày Thương binh Liệt sĩ
August 19th, 2023August Revolution Commemoration DayNgày Cách mạng Tháng 8
September 29th, 2023Mid-Autumn FestivalTết Trung thu
October 10th, 2023Capital Liberation DayNgày Giải phóng Thủ đô
October 13th, 2023Vietnamese Entrepreneur’s DayNgày Doanh nhân Việt Nam
October 20th, 2023Vietnamese Women’s DayNgày Phụ nữ Việt Nam
November 7th, 2023October Revolution DayNgày Cách mạng Tháng Mười
November 20th, 2023Vietnamese Teacher’s DayNgày Nhà giáo Việt Nam
December 22nd, 2023National Defence Day (People’s Army of Vietnam Foundation Anniversary)Ngày hội quốc phòng toàn dân (ngày thành lập Quân đội nhân dân Việt Nam)
December 25th, 2023ChristmasLễ Giáng Sinh (Noel)

VIETNAMESE NATIONAL HOLIDAYS 2024

Vietnam has 6 public holidays, ranging from Vietnamese New Year (Tết) to Independence Day.

DatesHolidayVietnamese Name
January 1st, 2024New Year’s DayTết dương lịch
February 9th-February 14th, 2024Vietnamese New YearTết Nguyên Đán
April 18th, 2024Hung Kings FestivalGiỗ tổ Hùng Vương
April 30th, 2024Day of Southern Liberation and National ReunificationNgày Giải phóng miền Nam, Thống nhất Đất nước
May 1st, 2024International Workers’ DayNgày Quốc tế lao động
September 2nd, 2024Independence DayQuốc khánh

Other Holidays and Observed Dates in 2024

There are plenty of other days that Vietnamese celebrate throughout the year. These include special days for students, women, mothers, fathers and also kids!

DatesHolidayVietnamese Name
January 9th, 2024Vietnamese Students’ DayNgày Học sinh – Sinh viên Việt Nam
February 3rd, 2024Communist Party of Vietnam Foundation AnniversaryNgày thành lập Đảng
February 27th, 2024Vietnamese Physicians’ DayNgày Thầy thuốc Việt Nam
March 8th, 2024International Women’s DayNgày Quốc tế Phụ nữ
March 31st, 2024EasterLễ Phục Sinh
April 21st, 2024Vietnam Book DayNgày Sách Việt Nam
May 7th, 2024Dien Bien Phu Victory DayNgày Chiến thắng Điện Biện Phủ
May 12th, 2024Mother’s DayNgày của Mẹ
May 19th, 2024President Ho Chi Minh’s BirthdayNgày sinh Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh
June 1st, 2024International Children’s DayNgày Quốc tế Thiếu nhi
June 16th, 2024Father’s DayNgày của Cha
June 28th, 2024Vietnamese Family DayNgày Gia đình Việt Nam
July 27th, 2024Remembrance DayNgày Thương binh Liệt sĩ
August 19th, 2024August Revolution Commemoration DayNgày Cách mạng Tháng 8
September 17th, 2024Mid-Autumn FestivalTết Trung thu
October 10th, 2024Capital Liberation DayNgày Giải phóng Thủ đô
October 13th, 2024Vietnamese Entrepreneur’s DayNgày Doanh nhân Việt Nam
October 20th, 2024Vietnamese Women’s DayNgày Phụ nữ Việt Nam
November 7th, 2024October Revolution DayNgày Cách mạng Tháng Mười
November 20th, 2024Vietnamese Teacher’s DayNgày Nhà giáo Việt Nam
December 22nd, 2024National Defence Day (People’s Army of Viet Nam Foundation Anniversary)Ngày hội quốc phòng toàn dân (ngày thành lập Quân đội nhân dân Việt Nam)
December 25th, 2024ChristmasLễ Giáng Sinh (Noel)
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How Does Vietnam Celebrate Holidays?

Here’s a quick rundown on how Vietnamese people celebrate the big days in the calendar. We will also take a look at how Christmas is celebrated in Vietnam.

Vietnamese New Year

Vietnamese New Year, or Tết, is the most significant holiday on the Vietnamese calendar.

It’s celebrated for 6 days officially (when people have days off work), and for up to 20 days in total.

During Tết, people celebrate the beginning of Spring and the Lunar New Year by returning home, cleaning and worshipping at family graves, and eating traditional foods.

Houses are also decorated with peach blossoms and orange trees.

Festivals are also held, with people having parades with lion dances, banging gongs, and setting off firecrackers.

Find out more about Vietnam’s biggest holiday by checking out our guide.

Vietnamese National Holidays

Hung Kings Festival

The Hung Kings Festival celebrates the reign of the Hung Kings, who were the most important kings in Vietnamese history.

Why were they so important?

Because they effectively established Vietnamese civilization.

Today, this festival is celebrated by traveling to Phu Tho in the north of Vietnam, where everyone dresses in bright colours and take a hike the Nghia Linh Mountain.

On the way up, they stop at each place of worship, culminating in prayers and an incense-offering ritual at the top of the mountain.

The festival is also celebrated with folk music, games, competitions, and dragon dancing.

Vietnamese National Holidays

Independence Day

Independence Day is a national holiday taking place from September 2nd-3rd.

The holiday celebrates President Ho Chi Minh’s declaration of Vietnamese independence from France and Japan in 1945.

On this day, people have the day off and everyone puts up and waves around the Vietnamese flag.

There are also large fireworks displays in major cities.

This is a day for Vietnamese people to truly show their patriotic side and love for their country.

Vietnamese National Holidays

Christmas

The Christian population in Vietnam is small, with about 8% of people in total, so Christmas isn’t a major holiday in Vietnam.

However, during Christmas in Vietnam, people exchange gifts of food, especially bûche de Noël (a log-shaped chocolate cake).

They also throw confetti and take pictures.

Like in Korea, department stores and hotels often have big lights displays and beautiful Christmas decorations which people go to enjoy.

So whilst it’s not an official holiday, you can certainly still get into the festive spirit if in Vietnam over Christmas time.

Vietnamese National Holidays

That should give you a good idea on what holidays are celebrated in Vietnam and the dates you should be looking out for on your calendar.

If you want to discover why people have to work weekends to make up for public holidays in China, you’ll want to check out our guide to Chinese public holidays here.

Whilst you are at it come and check out Japan’s most important celebrations also.


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VIETNAMESE HOLIDAYS – FAQ’S

How many national holidays does Vietnam have?

Vietnam has 6 national holidays in total.

They are:

New Years Day

Vietnamese New Year

Hung Kings Festival

Day of Southern Liberation and National Reunification

International Workers’ Day

Independence Day

NOTE | Christmas is not an officially celebrated holiday in Vietnam with only 8% of the population Christian.

When is Independence Day in Vietnam?

Independence Day in Vietnam is celebrated from September 2nd-3rd.

Does Vietnam celebrate Christmas?

Yes, but only 8% of the population is Christian, so it isn’t a national holiday.

During Christmas in Vietnam, people exchange gifts of food, especially bûche de Noël (a log-shaped chocolate cake).

They also throw confetti and take pictures.

Like in Korea, department stores and hotels often have big lights displays and beautiful Christmas decorations which people go to enjoy.

How many other holidays does Vietnam also have?

Vietnam has over 20 other holidays and observed dates.

These include special days for students, women, mothers, fathers and also kids!

What is the most important holiday in Vietnam?

The most important holiday in Vietnam is Tet, or Vietnamese New Year, which takes place during the Lunar New Year.

During Tet, people celebrate the beginning of Spring and the Lunar New Year by returning home, cleaning and worshipping at family graves, and eating traditional foods.

What is the Hung Kings Festival?

The Hung Kings Festival celebrates the reign of the Hung Kings, who were the most important kings in Vietnamese history because they established Vietnamese civilization.

Today, this festival is celebrated by traveling to Phu Tho in the north of Vietnam, where everyone climbs the Nghia Linh Mountain.

On the way up, they stop at each place of worship. The festival is also celebrated with folk music, games, competitions, and dragon dancing.

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