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Vietnam Holidays

1 January

International New Year Day (Official Holiday)

January - February

TET Nguyen Dan (Official Four-Day Holiday. 1st through the 4th day of the first lunar month however most celebrate the holiday through the 7th day. (Official holiday)

3 February

Founding of the Communist Party. Originally founded by Ho Chi Minh in a Hong Kong soccer stadium on 3 February 1930 (Official holiday)

8 March

International Women's Day.

March - April

Thanh Minh, worship and renovation of the dwellings of the dead. 5th day of the 3rd lunar month.

Vietnamese can be seen throughout the country cleaning the graves of their ancestors on this day.

30 April

Saigon Liberation Day. The day which the armed forces of northern Vietnam entered Saigon and reunified the country (Official Holiday).

1 May

International Labor Day (Official Holiday).

19 May

Ho Chi Minh's Birthday (Official holiday)

May

Buddha's Birthday. 8th day of the fourth lunar month (Official holiday)

1 June

Children's Day.

July

Feast of the Wandering Souls and Hungry Ghosts (Trung Nguyen). 15th day of the 7th lunar month. Paper money is burned for absolution and generous offerings of food are made to deceased relatives whom it is believed will wander into the homes of their offspring on this day.

8th Lunar Month

Mid-Autumn Festival. September/October: 15-day of the 8th lunar Month. Children parade through the streets following lanterns and generous portions of "Moon Cakes" made of sticky rice and lotus seeds, the yokes of duck eggs and sugar are consumed.

2 September

National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Commemorates the Vietnamese declaration of independence from the French on 2 September 1945 in Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi. Excellent day for photography throughout Vietnam. (Official holiday)

20 November

Teacher's Day. Teachers throughout Vietnam are honored this day with gifts from their students.

25 December

Christmas. Vietnam is only 10% Christian, the country has designated this holiday as a national one. (Official Holiday)

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