Public Holidays in Hanoi


  • January 1-2: New Year’s Day celebration
  • January 21 – 29: Tet, the Lunar New Year. This holiday is celebrated from the first through the seventh of the first lunar month. Although the official holiday is three days, most people (both locals and expats) get a week off, and Hanoi turns into a ghost city as millions of denizens return to their family homes in the countryside.
  • March 31 – April 2: Anniversary of the Hung Kings. The Hung Dynasty is said to have been the first dynasty of the Viet people. This date commemorates the death of the first Hung king.
  • April 28 – May 1: Liberation Day. This date marks the capture of Saigon by the North Vietnamese Army in 1975.
  • May 1 – International Labor Day. Celebrated in the communist tradition with parades and events in honor of workers.
  • September 2-3 – National Day. Commemorates the 1945 founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam by Ho Chi Minh.


  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • February 9 – 14: Tet, the Lunar New Year
  • April 19-21: Anniversary of the Hung Kings
  • April 30 – May 1: Liberation Day.
  • May 1: International Labor Day
  • September 1- 2: National Day

* Christmas and other Western or religious holidays are not national holidays but may be observed by your company or organization.