Time at Vietnam (UTC+07:00) 05:41:38 PM, Sunday, 21 April 2024
Vietnam as well as other countries in the world have many holidays to celebrate, remember and mark important moments in history. However, not all people know all of these important holidays.

Important holidays in the Lunar year:
Jan 1: Lunar New Year.
March 10: The Ancestral Anniversary festival of the Hùng Kings

Important holidays in the Calendar year:
Jan 1: New Year's Eve
April 30: Liberation Day of the South Vietnam.
May 1: International Labor Day
Sep 2: Vietnamese National Day.

On the above holidays, Vietnamese people will organize events and festivals, depending on the region and province, the activities will take place differently.
For important holidays, the Vietnamese government will not work, so if you want to enter Vietnam on those days, you should apply for a visa in advance in case you will have to postpone your trip because of no visa.
 
1. Lunar New Year:

The meaning of Lunar New Year

For Vietnamese people, the Lunar New Year is not only a transition period between the old year and the new lunar year, but it also contains many spiritual and cultural meanings... According to the Eastern concept, this is the time Heaven and Earth have reconciled and people become close to the gods.

The old Lunar New Year was an occasion for farmers to pay respects to gods such as Earth god, Rain god, Thunder god, Water god, Sun god... and pray for a year of favorable rain, wind, and seasons. bumper membrane. In addition, this is also considered a "refreshing" day, a day where people can hope for a peaceful, prosperous and favorable new year for the whole year and put aside all bad luck in the old year. Therefore, on Tet holiday, every house is busy cleaning, shopping, and decorating the house beautifully.
This is also an opportunity for people to renew emotionally and spiritually so that the relationship with their loved ones is closer, the spirit is more comfortable and joyful. During Tet, families often gather to wish each other New Year's Eve, together light incense sticks in memory of their grandparents and ancestors, and thank them for their blessing over the past year.



Vietnamese customs during the Lunar New Year:

During the Lunar New Year, Vietnamese people have many interesting and meaningful customs and habits that show their own cultural characteristics. The most prominent customs and traditions can be mentioned:

Praying to Mr. Cong and Mr. Tao
Buns of Banh Chung, Banh Tet
Clean the house
Fruit tray presentation
Visiting ancestors' graves
Year-end offerings
New Year's Eve
Going to the temple to picking fortune
Giving Lucky money
 


2. The Ancestral Anniversary festival of the Hùng Kings:

The meaning of The Ancestral Anniversary festival of the Hùng Kings:

“Dù ai đi ngược về xuôi/ Nhớ ngày giỗ tổ mùng mười tháng ba.”
The Ancestral Anniversary festival of the Hùng Kings is a day for Vietnamese people to remember the merits of building the country of King Hung. Besides, March 10 is also an opportunity for us to learn and be proud of our roots, our nation and our ancestors.
Every year, every March 10, millions of people gather at Hung Temple in Viet Tri, Phu Tho to burn incense in memory of the Hung Kings.



Cultural Activities

On The Ancestral Anniversary festival of the Hùng Kings, there will be 2 ceremonies held at Hung Temple:
King's palanquin procession: A palanquin procession with many flags, flowers, parasols, palanquins, traditional costumes will start from the foot of the mountain and then pass through the temples to the Thuong temple.
Incense offering ceremony: Pilgrims will come to Hung temple to burn incense. According to the Vietnamese concept, every handful of soil and tree stump here are sacred, and the stumps and rock holes are red with incense sticks.
There are also many folk games here: Xoan singing contest, a special form of Phu Tho folk song, wrestling competitions or swimming competition spread at the confluence of Bach Hac River.



3. New Year's Eve:

New Year's Eve is one of the most important holidays, starting a new year for many countries, ethnic groups and cultures around the world. New Year's Eve is a holiday that takes place on January 1 of the solar calendar. This is the first day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

Meaning of New Year's Eve

- New Year is the transition between the old year and the new year
- New Year is a big national holiday
- New Year's Day expresses the desire to live life, expresses newness, wishes for all good things
- New Year is an opportunity to gather and gather
- New Year's Day shows love



What to do on New Year's Eve?

Usually New Year's Eve usually go to travel. After a year of hard work, full of stress, New Year is an opportunity for family members to plan a trip to relieve stress. Traveling is an extremely great idea to help connect family members, and at the same time change the atmosphere, creating unforgettable memories in life.
In addition, short-term travel is also an opportunity for you and your family to rest and re-energize to start new challenges in life.
 
4. Liberation Day of the South Vietnam:

April 30 is the Liberation Day of the South Vietnam, reunification of the country. Therefore, every year on April 30, the whole Vietnamese people will organize a celebration to remember the previous generation.
This is an important milestone with a very special meaning to every Vietnamese people.
The glorious victory on April 30 is considered a great and proud achievement with the tradition of building and defending the country over thousands of years of the Vietnamese people. Therefore, every April 30, welcome activities will take place to commemorate and remember the merits of national heroes.

The meaning of April 30:
- Remembering and honoring heroic martyrs who bravely fought for national independence.
- Affirming the correct leadership of President Ho Chi Minh and the Party.
- Recognizing and highlighting the spirit of great solidarity of the whole Vietnamese people.
 


5. International Labor Day

Every year, May 1 is considered as International Labor Day. This is an extremely important occasion for workers, workers and officials throughout the country. On May 1, 1930, the entire people gathered together to protest to reclaim the rights of the working class and peasantry of our country.

This is considered an occasion to show the solidarity of the whole nation with international employers. Not only in Vietnam but all over the world, many strikes have taken place to demand that the rights of citizens be fully met.
The outbreak of a series of protests, increasingly fierce provocations and repression led the Communist International to recognize and decide to make May 1 a day of rest and demonstration of the working people's forces. The outbreak of a series of protests, provocations and increasingly fierce repression led the Communist International to recognize and decide to make May 1 a day of rest and demonstration of its forces. working people around the world.

Meaning of May 1st:
- Appreciate the dedication of working people around the world.
- Commemorating the day of the major military and demonstrations of the time.
- Create benefits and improve working conditions for the working class.
 


5. Vietnamese National Day:

September 2 is Vietnam's National Day. This is considered as a great annual holiday of our country to celebrate the day President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi.

September 2, 1945, when the Declaration was read out at the very birth of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. At first, September 2nd was called "Independent Vietnam" and August 19th was called National Day. In 1954, September 2 was officially known as Vietnam's National Day.



Meaning of Vietnam National Day:

Vietnam National Day September 2, 1945 is the birth day of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and today is the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. September 2 is considered a brilliant milestone in the thousand-year journey of nation building and defense of the Vietnamese people.
 
When the Declaration was read, it was the legal document affirming that Vietnam was free and independent of the whole world. In addition, on September 2, compatriots in the country and overseas Vietnamese headed to Vietnam.
In addition, this is also an opportunity for everyone in Vietnam to remember the great sacrifices of their ancestors.
In short, National Day, September 2, has a great and important meaning for Vietnamese nation. This is considered a great national festival, marking a major turning point and success in the history of Vietnam.



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