Festivals in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

  • New year

    • 1 Jan 2014


  • New Year's Day

    • 1 Jan 2014

    Most of the festivals, anniversaries and traditional cultural events of Vietnam are in accordance with its lunar calendar; however, nowadays, Christian calendar is widely used throughout the country. Annually, on the first day in this Western Calendar - January 1st, joining in the modern breathes of the world, Vietnam also celebrates the International New Year Day.

    The holiday serves the purpose of saying good bye to a year which has passed and also welcoming a new one.

    Starting from the period of French colonization when Western calendar began to be used, International New Year Day has been celebrated. At its very beginning, on that day, offices were off from work, and services were closed. Through the changes of time, the festival has been widely accepted among Viet citizens and become a public holiday in which every citizen have a day off - only services for tourists are maintained.

    The International New Year Day brings people a good opportunity to go out, meet others and participate on exciting trips as well. Also on the holiday, related special programs would be broadcasted on local as well as national channels, and countdown parties would be taken place at places like Opera House or major avenues.

  • Ba Thien Hau Pagoda Festival

    • 22 Jan 2014

    The via Ba (her birthday anniversary) ceremony is hold at Thien Hau Pagoda, which is one of the oldest pagodas of the Chinese in Cho Lon. Many Chinese people come to the festival, they make two effigies of Ong Thien (Good God) and Ong Ac (Evil God) with 3m long. At the end of the festival, the effigies are burned for worshipping.

  • Tet (Vietnamese New Year)

    • 31 Jan 2014–1 Feb 2014

    Lunar New Year Festival often falls between late January and early February; it is among the most important holidays in Vietnam. Officially, the festival includes the 1st, 2nd and 3rd day in Lunar Calendar; however, Vietnamese people often spend about nearly a month to celebrate this special event. Traditionally, the purpose of Tet holiday is that Vietnamese would like to thank Gods for the arrival of spring with a variety of blooming trees and flowers after a cold and harsh winter. Also, this is the privileged occasion for family’s members to reunite, celebrating a new year which has come together, and saying farewell to the previous one. All the best things are prepared and consumed during this holiday as people want to ensure that they will have a new year full of prosperity.

  • Saigon Cyclo Challenge

    • 1 Mar 2014

    March 1st, held to benefit the local children's charity, three-wheel cyclos race through the city in this fun event

  • International Women's Day

    • 8 Mar 2014

    March 8th, parades and special events by and for women are held throughout the city

  • Liberation Day

    • 30 Apr 2014

    The workers of the city get two days off to honour the end of the Vietnam War with America and the Fall of Saigon in 1975, which ultimately led to the reunification of Vietnam the following year

  • International Worker's Day

    • 1 May 2014

    Together with more than 80 countries all over the world, the International Workers' Day, as known as International Labor Day or May Day in Vietnam, is a public holiday of the nation. It is celebrated on the first day of May, right after the Reunification Day; as a result, the two holidays are normally joined together into one break.

    In some special years when both of these days fall on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), people will be off from work for four consecutive days.

    On this occasion of public holidays, services and offices like banks, schools and other governmental institutions are closed—only service of tourism is available. Vietnamese people living in major cities often head back to their hometown or travel to tourist attractions. As a consequence, destinations are full of people and the price is much more added up of course. In addition, the fee for transportation is also affected.

  • President Ho Chi Minh's Birthday

    • 19 May 2014

    This national holiday celebrates the former president's birthday at venues across the city

  • International Children's Day

    • 1 Jun 2014

    The International Children's Day of Vietnam is one June 1st, and as suggested by its name, the festival is for children. As children are the future of mankind, the event sends adults a reminder about taking better care and protection towards their beloved kids.

    Also, this day specially marks the start of summer vacation—the occasion when children truly enjoy as they are free from school and homework.

    The way Vietnamese people celebrate this meaningful event is varied. It could be done by individuals. That is, in each family, parents do something special for their kids: taking them to the parks, buying them toys, or holding a picnic at the suburb—something that might be as simple as going out, enjoying some fresh air. As you know, even when children do not have to go to school, their parents still have to go to work. Adults have no summer vacation. However, because of their kids, they can take a day off and try to perform their duty as well as they can.

  • Doan Ngo festival

    • 2 Jun 2014

    Literally, Tet refers to festival, Doan means the start, Ngo is the seventh animal of the Chinese zodiac- the horse. Doan Ngo festival is also known as Tết sâu bọ (sâu bọ = worms, pests) or Tết tháng 5, to be celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month.

    The name “Tet sau bo” derives from the fact that farmers, on this day, get rid of all pests to start growing their crops for the new season. Therefore, creatures and people must become stronger in both their health and their souls to overcome this. On this occasion, the whole family have to get up early and eat fermented sticky and fruits. The worshipping is held at noon, hour of Ngo. The tradition of eating dumplings, especially lye water dumplings, extends from the belief that the dumplings will cleanse one’s body of any unwanted “parasites”.

  • Vietnamese Family Day

    • 28 Jun 2014

    A day for families to get-together and relax.

  • August Revolution Commemoration Day

    • 19 Aug 2014–19 Aug 2017

    Remembering this important day in 1945, when the August General Uprising began, being later known as the August Revolution

  • National Day

    • 2 Sep 2014

    This national holiday celebrates the country's 1945 independence and the creation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), as well as the death of Ho Chi Minh

  • Mid Autumn Festival

    • 8 Oct 2014

    On this day, the adults and the parents prepare many different foods - Moon cakes, candies, biscuits, jellies, and fruit, such as grapefruit, longan fruit, bananas, apples, mango, etc. All of them are designed with fun symbols, for example: dog, cat, mouse …

    Moon cakes are the specific cakes and are only on this festival. Moon cake, which is made from flavour, meat, egg, dried fruit, pumpkin’s seed, peanut, is so sweet and good tasting. Everyone sounds “How delicious Moon cakes are!” after tasting them and can’t say no with them. Moon cakes symbolise Luck, Happiness, Health and Wealth on the Mid-Autumn day.

    Besides that, the children are provided with many nice lanterns - star lanterns, flower lanterns and diverse funny masks such as clown mask, lion mask, prince or princess mask for the special performance in the evening of the full moon. Everywhere is fallen in the active and colourful air. The main point of the Mid-Autumn is that children use the beautiful lanterns, wear funny masks, perform fantastic lion dances, sing folklore songs in the house’s grounds or in the streets when the moon is rising. It is really an exciting show.

    The Mid-Autumn celebration is an opportunity for members of the family to visit together and share together everything in their year. The young generation express their gratitude to the old generation. The parents show their love for their children. Because the autumn is the time of the beginning of the new school year, so the adults and parents give gifts to the children. And the teenagers receive a lot of presents with many good luck wishes before the hard school time. The symbol PhD which is made from paper represents good wishes for success to pupils. For others, because the traditional time to have this festival is usually after harvesting the crops, it is as the congratulation for the full harvest.

  • Capital Liberation Day

    • 10 Oct 2014

    A national Vietnamese holiday

  • Vietnamese Women's Day

    • 20 Oct 2014

    Vietnam Women's Day is among several occasions on which the society show their love & respect to the Vietnamese women. On this day, roses, post cards and wishes are given to Vietnamese women to show society's respect.

    The initiative of the holiday was from the Vietnam Women's Union, in commemoration of the establishment of the union on 20/10/1930.

  • Teacher's Day

    • 20 Nov 2014

    Teachers’ Day is really a unique celebration, which shows how important and valued the position of teacher is in Vietnam. Students regularly buy gifts for their teachers and both students and parents will send cards and wish you a “Happy teachers’ day.” Students will also thank you for the all of the ways that you, as a teacher, have helped them in their studies as well as their lives. . Teachers’ Day is a great way to realize the impact you have on your students, now and in the future.

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