TET Lunar New Year 2018 Holidays, Feb 14 -20

Traditionally, there are several main days of celebration during Tết … Lunar New Year’s Eve (Feb 15, 2017), and The First (Feb 16), Second (Feb 17), and Third (Feb 18), Fourth (Feb 19), and Fifth (Feb 20) days of Tết Nguyen Đán.

The Government Office announced the Prime Minister’s conclusion, at the Government’s regular meeting in December, on public holidays in the year 2018 of cadres, civil servants and officials.

Accordingly, the Lunar New Year 2018 holidays will be from Wednesday, February 14, 2018 until the end of Tuesday, February 20, 2018;

National holiday: National Day (2/9), Sun, and Compensation, Monday (3/9).

MOLISA proposed two holidays before TET (Feb 14, 15), and five holidays after (Feb 16, 17, 18, 19, 20). The two days before TET will allow workers, especially those from Northern Vietnam and Central Vietnam that are working in factories in the South, adequate time to return home for TET. It takes about 33 hours to travel by non-stop train from HCMC to Hanoi.

Since two of the three legal holidays after TET are weekend off days (Sat, Feb 17, and Sun, Feb 18), two extra holidays will be added (Mon, Feb 19, and Tue, Feb 20). The total TET Holidays will be seven days, Feb 14 – 20, two before TET (Feb 14-15) and five after (Feb 16-20).

Key ministries and agencies agreed, including the Party Central Committee, National Assembly, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Interior, Vietnam Confederation of Labour, and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, etc. https://baomoi.com/thong-nhat-phuong-an-nghi-tet-mau-tuat-2018/c/23625011.epi  , http://vietnamnet.vn/vn/thoi-su/chot-tet-nguyen-dan-nghi-7-ngay-405749.html  and the official decision was issued at the December regular Cabinet meeting.

Vietnamese traditionally celebrate Tết from the fifteenth day of the twelfth lunar month to the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. And, even today, business slows from two weeks before (Feb 2) until two weeks after (Mar 2) TET.


Số 573/TB-VPCP. THÔNG BÁO Kết luận của Thủ tướng Chính phủ tại cuộc hop Thường trực Chính phủ về nghỉ lể, tết năm 2018 của cán bộ, công chức, viên chức

Số: 9794/VPCP-KGVX, V/v ngh Tết Âm lịch năm 2017 đối với cán bộ, công chức, viên chức, ngày 14 tháng 11 năm 2016 

Decree No. 45/2013/ND-CP dated May 05, 2013 of the Government detailing some Articles of the Labor Code on working hours, rest hours and labor security and labor hygiene

Article 8. Lunar New Year Holiday

1. The period of Lunar New Year Holiday in accordance with to Clause 1 Article 115 of the Labor Code is selected by the employee, either 01 last day and 04 first days of the lunar year, or 02 last days and 03 first days of the lunar year.

2. Employers shall notify employees of the Lunar New Year Holiday plan at least 30 days before the holiday.

Điều 8. Nghỉ Tết Âm lịch

1. Thời gian nghỉ Tết Âm lịch theo Khoản 1 Điều 115 của Bộ luật lao động do người sử dụng lao động lựa chọn 01 ngày cuối năm và 04 ngày đầu năm âm lịch hoặc 02 ngày cuối năm và 03 ngày đầu năm âm lịch.

2. Người sử dụng lao động có trách nhiệm thông báo phương án nghỉ Tết Âm lịch cho người lao động trước khi thực hiện ít nhất 30 ngày.


Click here for a list of Vietnamese and American Holidays

… to learn more about TET customs in Vietnam.
“Tet is the festival which epitomizes the identity of Vietnamese culture. Although the Lunar New Year is observed in all of East Asia influenced by Chinese civilization, each country celebrates it in a way peculiar to that country by making it conform to its psyche and historico-geographical conditions. Many rites, festivities and practices of Vietnamese TET are quite distant variants of the Chinese model, and are even original creations which hark back to myths and legends of the pre-Chinese period which prevailed in an authentically Viet culture of the Bronze Age (first millenium B.C.) called the Red River Culture.”

The Kitchen God (Ong Tao or Mandarin Tao) is also called the Hearth God, the Stove God or the Household God. This god who was privy to the family’s most private business and intimate secrets for the ending year, returns to Heaven to make his report to the Jade Emperor. This report includes the year’s activities of the household in which he has lived. On the 23rd day of the 12th month, a farewell and thank you dinner is given to the Kitchen God by the household. The Kitchen God will need a week for his mission to Heaven.

Folklore has made the spirit of the hearth into a picturesque character, a buffoon who is the butt of crude jokes. Although he is a messenger of the Jade Emperor in Heaven, he is depicted as so poor as to be unable to afford much clothing. He wears an important mandarin hat but goes about with bare legs because he has scorched his pants in the hearth fire. Another version tells that he was in such a rush to get back to Heaven that he forgot his pants and ascended in only his underwear. Efforts must be made to put him in a proper mood to secure a favorable report to the Jade Emperor of the family’s activities. Offerings are made to him. These gifts certainly aim at influencing the outcome of the report. But no one considers such gifts to be crass bribery. Such pleasantries merely sweeten the god’s way, as perhaps cookies placed by the fireplace will please Santa Claus, who might be tired from delivering so many gifts on Christmas night.

TET Kumquat Tree… Symbols of TET in Vietnam.
Kumquat trees about two or three feet tall are carefully selected and prominently displayed during Tet. To carefully choose a kumquat bush, the buyer must pay attention to the symmetrical shape, to the leaves and to the color and shape of the fruit. The bushes have been precisely pruned to display ripe deep orange fruits with smooth clear thin skin shining like little suns or gold coins on the first day of the lunar new year. Other fruits must still be green to ripen later. This represents the wish that wealth will come to you now and in the future. The leaves must be thick and dark green with some light green sprouts. The fruits represent the grandparents, the flowers represent parents, the buds represent children and the light green leaves represent grandchildren. The tree thus symbolizes many generations. Guests will caress the light green leaves about to sprout and compliment the discerning host who chose so carefully.

… an iTunes App with “Tet Wishes” to exchange with friends, relatives, etc.

… for a list of Vietnamese and U.S. holidays

… to download Moon Menu, a small program to keep track of the phases of the moon. The new moon will occur in the night of Wed, Feb 2 and Thu, Feb 3. According to the Moon Menu calculations, the “exact” time of the new moon will be 9:32 am on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, which is when the moon stops “waning” and starts “waxing.”

… to view www.timeanddate.com, a handy site with lots of information about calendars, holidays, and it has the time all over the world. This can help you calculate the best times to make a phone call World Clock Meeting Planner.

… to learn about how the Lunar New Year is calculated from Ancient Worlds.

And here is a list of dates for future TET Lunar New Year’s Day

Year of the… Gregorian Calendar
Dog Feb 16, 2018
Pig Feb 05, 2019
Rat Jan 25, 2020
Buffalo 2021
Tiger 2022
Cat 2023
Dragon 2024
Snake 2025
Horse 2026

Posted: Sep 9, 2015. Updated: Dec 28, 2015, Oct 22, Nov 27 2016; Nov 18, 2017, Jan 30, 2017

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