The Main Festivals of Vietnam

We allow you mention the main festivals of Vietnam and arrange them according to the months of the year on the solar calendar.

1. In February
Tet Nguyen Dan (New Year's Day traditional = TET); this is the most important holiday in Vietnam. It must take place in mid-February, the day of the full moon, between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

Many professional activities are suspended for several days. Tet to be celebrated with family, Vietnamese travel to their villages of origin.

2 . Between March/ April
Feast of Hung Vuong (the 10th day of the 3rd lunar month), legendary emperor of Van Lang, the first Vietnamese kingdom BCE.
April 30: Anniversary of the Liberation of Saigon.
The Feast of Thanh Minh (3rd day of the 3rd lunar month) is an opportunity for live commemorate their ancestors (or family members) missing tombs is maintained.

 3. May/ June
May 1: Labour Day.
Party Phat Dan (the Feast of Buddha). At the full moon of the fourth lunar month : anniversary of the birth of Buddha.

May 19: Anniversary of the birth of Ho Chi Minh.
The Feast of Doan Ngo (ie 5th day of the 5th lunar month between late May and early June) celebrating the arrival of summer.

4. July/ August
That the party Tich (the 7th night of the 7th lunar month), father wandering souls. Visiting graves, offerings in temples and pagodas, the forgotten souls.

5. September/ October 
September 2: National Day, commemorating the founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh in 1945.
Day of surrender of the Japanese army.

The Feast of Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival (Tet Trung Thu) - 15th day of the 8th lunar month, children carry lanterns in the shape of the star through the streets.

Cakes moon-shaped, filled lotus is sold, egg yolk and sugar. This is also the time of engagement and weddings.

To these major festivals, there are the processions tutelary spirits of animist, held in each village to specific but different dates according to the lunar calendar.

Catholic and Protestant communities celebrate Christmas (Midnight Mass in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi) and Easter. Many holidays commemorate the great events of the communist country's history.

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