Every nation has its own public holidays and celebrations all year round, to which Vietnam is no exception. The most interesting things about these holidays are that they are held in various forms and for various purposes. Thus, people will never experience Vietnamese holidays to the full unless they have general understanding of them.
In terms of official holidays, Vietnam has six notable occasions in which people are allowed days off to celebrate with friends and family.
January 1 – Celebration of the New Year in Western Calendar
Indeed, this is not a very big holiday as Vietnamese people only have one day off on this occasion. It is mostly used as a time of relaxation and rest.
Tet Holiday – Celebration of Vietnamese New Year
“Tet” holiday, which occurs roughly from late January to early February, is the most important and festive event of the year. The word “Tet” is a shortened form of “Tết Nguyên Đán”, which basically means “Feast of the First Morning of the first day in the year”. On this special occasion, Vietnamese people prepare special traditional foods, such as Banh Chung – sticky rice cakes, pickled onion and pickled cabbage, dried watermelon seeds or sunflower seeds, etc. and decorate their house to welcome guests. Most stores usually close until the fifth day of the new lunar year.
Additionally, there are a variety of customs and traditions practiced during this holiday, including first-footers, ancestor worshipping, “Neu” trees (one kind of “ritual tree”) planting, New Year greetings and wishes exchanging, lucky money giving…
Tet is also among the best occasions for pilgrims and family reunions.
2014 is the year of horse according to the Zodiac.
Hung Kings’ Commemoration (Death Anniversary of the Hung Kings)
The holiday falls on the 10th day of the third lunar month and takes place in Phu Tho province (about 90km north of Hanoi).
The purpose of this ceremony is to remember and pay tribute to the contribution of the Hung Kings, the traditional founders of the nation and became the first emperors in the very past. The celebration was officially authorized in 2007 by the Vietnamese government.
Reunification Day – April 30
This holiday is to celebrate the reunification of the entire Vietnam. Back in 1975, this day marked the end of Vietnam War.
International Labor Day – May 1
Like many other countries, Vietnamese people also have day off for the Labor Day, which was first celebrated in Vietnam in 1913.
Independence Day – September 2
On September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence in Ba Dinh Square, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). This day was marked as one of the most memorable day in Vitenam’s history. Therefore, many Vietnamese people consider this an opportunity to commemorate the revolution and pay respect to those who lost their lives in war.
In short, there are various national holidays in Vietnam, which are celebrated in different ways with various meanings. On these days, most Vietnamese people try to get away from work and studies, come back home to have an intimate meal with family and experience traditional rituals. That is indeed what the holidays are for.
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