When on your Vietnam Tours, the best thing you could ever imagine is that you have a chance to blend in the societies of Vietnamese people. And thus the question has been risen, what is the best way and when is the best time to blend in? Holidays! Yes, Holidays, holidays in Vietnam is of course the easiest way to experience the full length of the cultural spectrum. Just in case you are asking yourself somewhat and when questions, we are here to offer you a list of important holidays in Vietnam so that you can arrange a perfect trip to Vietnam to infiltrate and experience how the Vietnamese celebrate holidays here.
1. New Year
This is kind of obvious, the first that of the year is, of course, the holiday! Just like any other country in the world, the Vietnamese do celebrate New Year too! However, due to the fact that Vietnam is still heavily influenced by Lunar New Year, the universal New Year’s Day is kind of underrated a little bit. In Vietnam, everyone does get a day off on January 1, but everything outside has not changed much since Christmas but stay in a somewhat ordinary way. On New Year’s Day, you can hang out with friends, go to fancy Vietnamese restaurants, celebrate New Year with friends and family all around the world, watching fancy fireworks on YouTube and have a kiss goodnight to someone you love.
2. Tet (Vietnamese New Year)
This is it, the one that outweighed New Year’s Day due to is traditional importance, Tet! Or as known as Vietnamese New Year. This is the largest holiday of the year, is usually celebrated around late January to early February. On Vietnamese New Year’s days, the Vietnamese usually go visit their extended families, have a meal together and wish one another best things for a whole new year. Imagine Thanksgiving in the United States, the values offered by Tet is tantamount because this is the perfect time to reunite with people whom you love and care so much about. That’s the spirit. Out of the family scenes, in more northern provinces such as Hanoi, you will experience a chilly weather with peach blossom filling the whole city; you will see friends and family hangout on the street in sweaters, hands in hands. As a sharp contract, you will find it a little more flamboyant in more southern provinces such as Saigon, filled with a hotly yellow deriving from apricot blossoms. On the streets you will see young people wearing fancy clothes disseminating all over the places in the city. Tet in Saigon is more of a let’s hang out season, if you have a chance to experience you will find it so much fun to be here.
3. Hung Kings Commemorations
Also a famous Vietnamese festival, Hung Kings Commemorations is annually held from the 8th to the 11th days of the third lunar month in honor of the Hung Vuong and Hung Kings, the first emperors of the Vietnamese. which the main festival day falls on the 10th day. To the Vietnamese, they will also get a day of on this 10th day. A procession begins at the foot of the mountain, and stops at every single small temple before culminating in the High Temple. Here pilgrims offer prayers and incense to their ancestors. When on your Vietnam tours, if you have a chance to visit northern provinces of Vietnam, you should definitely take part in this celebration.
4. Day of liberating the South for national reunification and International Workers’ Day.
Day of liberating the South for national reunification marks the events when North Vietnamese and Viet Cong subjugated Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh city.) Thus the Communist Party just want everyone to have a day off to remember the day two parts of the country joined again. This holiday in Vietnam takes place on April 30. Only a day after the Day of liberating the South for national reunification, International Workers’ Day is also a public holiday that the Vietnamese celebrate. On this day, the working classes also get a day off to stay at home, relax, enjoy Vietnamese food, and regale themselves with anything interesting they could find after months of working assiduously.
5. National Day
Similar to the Fourth of July in the United States of America, Vietnam celebrate their national day on September 2, commemorating the day Vietnam declared independence from France in 1945. On this day, undoubtedly, everyone gets a day off to spend time with friends and family, preparing fancy Vietnamese food for a lovely dinner with everyone.
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