Vietnamese Calendar 2013
Because of its Communist past, the celebrations of Vietnam are centered more on groups of people and not individuals, as you can see below. You have to be larger than life, like Ho Chi Minh, to be honored as such. Nonetheless, the Vietnamese enjoy holidays that are a mix of political, religious and cultural.
New Year’s Day – Even though the Vietnamese calendar 2013 is not Gregorian, it observes holidays based on that calendar such as the New Year’s Day (Vietnam has a different version of New Year) out of respect to the international community. Government establishments are closed while other facilities, especially those for tourists, remain open.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Ngày Thành Lập Đảng
Communist Party of Viet Nam Foundation Anniversary – This day celebrates the foundation of the country’s foremost ruling party.
Sunday, 3 February 2013
Tet Nguyen Dan or Tet
Vietnamese Lunar New Year – The eve of and the days following the Lunar New Year are very important occasions in the cultural and social life of the Vietnamese. This is the time when families gather together, clean their departed ancestors’ grave, clean the house and buy new clothes, prepare ‘kumquat’ and other auspicious New Year decorations, and feast on the banquet.
Sunday to Thursday, 10 February 2013 to 14 February 2013
Tết Nguyên Tiêu
Lantern Festival – The Lantern Festival has Chinese roots which dates back 800 hundred years ago. Lanterns, which are becoming more and more ornate, are lit at night to symbolize goodwill among families, friends, the natural world and the spirits. A traditional feast made of rice ball is then served and shared as a symbol of close knit family ties.
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Gio To Hung Vuong Day
Vietnam National Holiday – This public holiday wishes to restore the customs and mores of ancient Vietnam founded by Emperor Hung Vuong 5,000 years ago, but today is celebrated as a commemoration of the Vietnamese’ ancestors.
Friday, 9 April 2013
Ngày Giải Phóng
Liberation Day – Also referred to as the Reunification Day in the Vietnamese calendar 2013, this day commemorates the reunion of the North and South Vietnam which was made possible by the take-over of the Viet Congs over Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City in 1975.
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Labor Day – Vietnam, even though still largely agricultural, honor the contribution of the laborers and workers to the advancement of the economy and of the society in general.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Buddha’s Birthday – Even though deeply religious in nature and should merit a declaration of national holiday in a country steeped in Buddhism, Phong Sinh is only observed among the devout to commemorate the Great Teacher’s philosophy of achieving enlightenment through non-violence.
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Ngày sinh Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh
President Ho Chi Minh’s Birthday – Considered as the most influential political leader in the 1940s, Ho Chi Minh led the country in declaring it independent from any foreign clout. Today, the leader is commemorated not only during his natal day but also in the formerly named Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City.
Saturday, 19 May 2013
National Day – This day in 1945 marks the declaration of Vietnam’s independence from any colonial rule by the then president Ho Chi Minh.
Monday, 2 September 2013
Have a Happy Vietnam Holiday in 2013.!
Category: Vietnam Holidays