By tradition, the new year has yet to come in Vietnam — Tết is still a few weeks to go. But technically, the calendar year 2023 has already started, and a new set of goals have been set for most of us.
Going back to your daily grind from a long weekend filled with celebrations and reunions can be tricky for some. And to others, a fresh start is not enough motivation to get through yet another year of work. The good news is (and this might take your lunch time) this list might help you get the boost to get through the day.
If you’re one of those who “work to live,” this is your sign to start plotting your countryside road trips, long weekends at the beach, camping getaways, or extended sleeping hours. Not to mention, having things planned gives peace of mind and free time — something we all aspire to in a brand new year.
The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) officially announced the public holidays in 2023 that include about 19 days, counting the weekend that just passed with three days off.
In addition, according to the guidelines set by MoLISA, when a public holiday falls on a weekend – either Saturday or Sunday – the following Monday will be considered a paid holiday.
Lunar New Year
January 20 to 26
Lunar New Year, or Tết, is the most important and the biggest holiday in Vietnam. This year marks the Year of the Cat - the fourth zodiac animal in Vietnamese culture. Several festivities across the country, including colorful displays at the Nguyen Hue Walking Street, are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese in traditional ao dai.
April 29-May 1
Reunification Day takes place on April 30th every year to commemorate the reunification of Vietnam at the end of the American War and to honor the sacrifices made by veterans of the 20-year conflict.
As a country that strives to protect the rights of the working class, Vietnam observes International Labor Day every May 1st.
Hung Kings Festival
The Hung Kings Festival is held on the 10th day of the third lunar month at Hung Temple in Phu Tho province, outside Hanoi. On that day, a grand procession of palanquins and drums ascends Nghia Linh mountain, stopping at smaller temples en route to offer incense at the High Temple.
National Day is an annual national holiday in Vietnam observed on September 2nd, commemorating President Hồ Chí Minh reading the Declarations of independence of Vietnam at Ba Đình Square in Hanoi on September 2nd, 1945. Last year’s celebration included a grand hot air balloon display in Saigon’s Thu Thiem area.