Vietnamese holidays and celebrations


Vietnam is well-known for many interesting festivals and celebrations. It’s one of the most exciting things to do when you travel to Vietnam. Visiting tourist attractions in Vietnam in the festive season can be a totally different experience. Read this article from to find out!

Tet holiday in Vietnam

Tet holiday in Vietnam (Source: Internet)

Tet holiday is the biggest holiday in Vietnam, like the Christmas season in the Western. It’s a celebration of Lunar New Year. The holiday usually takes place around the early of February and lasts for about 10 days.  People are off from work and other daily activities. There are fewer people on the street, no motorbikes and no traffic jam which is not a common scene in the big cities. The streets are decorated with flowers, flags, and banners.

Tet is the time when Vietnamese people release their strain and spend more time with family and friends. On the very last night of the year, which is the New Year’s Eve, families and friends gather around to celebrate with foods and drinks. After that, people go outside and join in the firework showcase which takes up every year at Hoan Kiem Lake. At midnight, people make the special trip to the temples and pagodas to pray for a happy new year. The other days of the holiday are for visiting friends and relatives. People sometimes travel, especially the young. Coming to Vietnam on Tet holiday, you can enjoy the special cuisine that is only made for this occasion like Chung Cake or Spring rolls.

Specialties on Tet holiday

Specialties on Tet holiday (Source: Internet)

On the first few months of the year, it’s the time for many spring festivals in Vietnam. The Hung Kings Commemorations which is held annually from the 8th to the 11th days of the third lunar month is something you should not miss out. On this time of celebration, there is a big festival called Hung Kings’ Temple Festival at the ancestral land of Phu Tho – a province in the north-eastern of Vietnam, which is around 100km away from Hanoi. Like any other regional festivals in Northern Vietnam, the Hung Kings Festival includes two parts: the ceremony and the festival. There are many traditional practices and entertainment activities that represent the cultural life of community here.

Hung King Festival

Hung King Festival (Source: Internet)

On the summer, there is the Reunification Day and the Labour Day on the 30th of April and the 1st of May. The holiday often takes up 3 to 4 days. This is the time for Vietnamese people to travel around the country which makes some tourist attractions packed due to the increase of domestic tourists. So if you plan to travel to Vietnam at this time of year, remember to book everything in advance if you don’t want to ruin your trip.

As you can see, there are many exciting things to do when Vietnamese holidays come around. If you are planning to visit Vietnam and don’t know what to do yet, how about joining in the convivial atmosphere of the local cultural life?

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