Vietnam Public Holidays 2013 Calendar
Vietnam is a country that is popular for its tourism as well as its commerce. If you plan to travel to Vietnam, you should be aware of its public holidays as most businesses and all public institutions remain closed on these days. Vietnam celebrates about 8 or 9 public holidays, most of these holidays signify either a cultural event or a historic event. The public holidays of Vietnam follow either the Georgian calendar or the Lunar calendar so those that follow the Lunar calendar vary from year to year. Vietnam is also changing its policy about public holidays, they want to have the holidays over long weekends than to scatter them through the week. Here is the list of Vietnam Public holidays for 2013.
New Years Day, January 1st
Vietnam too celebrates the new year like other parts of the world. This being a public holiday, all government offices as well as the banks are closed on this day, though other services remain open.
Lunar New Year (Tet Holiday), February 9th To The 14th
This is the most important holiday in Vietnam. During this holiday most people take time off to visit with family. Along with government offices and public institutions many businesses including restaurants and some travel services may remain closed. It is advisable to plan your visit if you happen to be visiting Vietnam during this time.
Hung King Festival, April 19th To The 21st
The Hug King Festival officially became a national holiday in 2000. It is usually a one day holiday but most people combine it with a weekend to have a longer holiday. This holiday is celebrated in honor of the Hung kings whose regime gave Vietnam the start of establishing a sovereign nation. The Hung king festival has become a symbol of national unity connecting the past and the present.
Reunification Day – Labour Day, April 30th To May 4th
Reunification Day is celebrated in honor of the reunification of Vietnam in 1975. This holiday is followed by the Labour Day which honors the Labour movement. These holidays are usually celebrated with marches, parades and performances by various artists.
Independence Day, September 2nd
It was on this day in 1945 that the President Ho Chi Minh officially declared that Vietnam was free from all colonial forces and was an independent nation. Since that time this day has been celebrated by the Vietnamese people as their Independence Day. On this holiday many people choose to travel while others choose to reflect on this historic day by visiting The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and the Ba Dinh square.
Happy Vietnam Holidays 2013!