Review Category : Holidays

As the year 2016 draws to a close, we sincerely thank AmCham companies, members, and business associations and government partners for their friendship and cooperation during the year in our efforts to help make Vietnam the best business and investment destination in Southeast Asia.

We wish you all health, happiness and prosperity in 2017, the TET Lunar Year of the Rooster, and the Year of APEC 2017 in Vietnam !

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Traditionally, there are several main days of celebration: Tết New Year’s Eve (Feb 7), and The First (Feb 8), Second (Feb 9), and Third (Feb 10), Fourth (Feb 11), and Fifth (Feb 12) of Tết Nguyen Đán.

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 two weeks before and two weeks after TET.

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Lunar New Year 2015 Year of the GoatTraditionally, there are several main days of celebration: Tết New Year’s Eve (Feb 18), and The First (Feb 19), Second (Feb 20), and Third (Feb 21), Fourth (Feb 22), and Fifth (Feb 23) of Tết Nguyen Đán.

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 two weeks before and two weeks after TET.

TET Holidays 2015 VN ExpressOfficially, the holidays are Feb 17 – 23, but the Government decided at its regular November meeting to make the government offices’  holidays period nine days.  Government officials will work on Sat, Feb 14 in order to have nine days of holidays from Sun, Feb 15, to Mon, Feb 23.

MOLISA also proposed the Western New Year holidays be four days, from Thu, Jan 1 – Sun, Jan 4, 2015, and officials would work on Sat, Dec 27 to make up.

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Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim Charles Dickens A Christmas CarolFrom its first publication, “A Christmas Carol” has charmed and inspired millions. There have been scores of editions and translations, and many stage, TV and film adaptations, making it one of the best-loved stories of all time.

Although Dickens would write many other well-received and financially profitable books, nothing would ever quite equal the soul-satisfying joy he derived from his universally loved little novel. In time, some would call him the Apostle of Christmas.

And, at his death in 1870, a poor child in London was heard to ask: “Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?”

In a very real sense, Dickens popularized many aspects of the Christmas we celebrate today, including great family gatherings, seasonal drinks and dishes and gift giving.

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The Night Before ChristmasT’was the night before Christmas,
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,—not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

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Background information: The Twelve Days of Christmas – the Festival and the Song

From wikipediaThe Twelve Days of Christmas are the festive days beginning the evening of Christmas Day (December 25) through the morning of Epiphany on (January 6). The first night of Christmas is December 25–26, and Twelfth Night is January 5–6.

The Twelve Days of Christmas as a celebration and festival is old and steeped in traditions from Christian cultures around the world. For many, the idea of the 12 days as a length of celebration is based on a verse in the Holy Bible (Matthew 2:1-12), and a belief that it may have taken 12 days for the three kings (or magi) to travel to Bethlehem after first seeing the star.

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Gospel according to St. Luke, c. 50 – 100

AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

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Year of the Horse, 2014 Mon, Sep 1 will also be an official holiday, and Gov’t offices will be open on Sep 6.

TET. official holidays will be Jan 28 – Feb 5. Officials will work in Jan 25 and Feb 8 to make up. Victory Day (4/30) and International Labour Day (5/1). May 2 will also be an official holiday, and offices will be open on Apr 26. National Foundation Day (9/2). Mon, Sep 1 will also be an official holiday, and offices will be open on Sep 6.

12/12/2014. Văn phòng Chính phủ vừa có Công văn số 10525/VPCPKGVX thông báo ý kiến của Thủ tướng Chính phủ về việc nghỉ Tết Nguyên đán Giáp Ngọ và hoán đổi ngày nghỉ hằng tuần vào dịp nghỉ lễ năm 2014 đối với cán bộ, công chức, viên chức. Theo đó, cán bộ, công chức, viên chức được nghỉ Tết Nguyên đán Giáp Ngọ 2014 từ ngày 28-1-2014 (tức ngày 28 tháng Chạp) đến hết ngày 5-2-2014 (tức ngày 6 tháng Giêng) và đi làm bù vào thứ bảy ngày 25-1-2014 và thứ bảy, ngày 8-2-2014.

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List of Raffle Prizes Winners

Join AmCham members, friends and family to enjoy a celebration of our traditional American holiday and cultural event that is celebrated all across the USA, in big cities and small towns.

This year marks our 20th anniversary of event. We are hoping to welcome 700 hundred people to the Riverside Apartments in District 2 for a great late morning/early afternoon of fun, food, and entertainment. By highlighting the “Fourth of July” small town American traditions, we hope to help create a better understanding of the full range of American traditions and history with our staff, our own families, and our guests.

20th Annual AmCham USA Independence Day Family Picnic - Registration Form

  • Price: 1,000,000 VNĐ Quantity:
  • Price: 350,000 VNĐ Quantity:
    Children under two years old admitted free
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Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Schedule of Event

11:30am Gate opens
11:30am – 02:15pm Games for Families, organized by the AmCham Scholars
11:30am – 03:30pm Children Activities, organized by British Vietnamese International School
11:30am – 03:30pm Raffle Ticket Sales, available for purchase at Raffle Sales Counters
12:00pm – 12:55pm Live Music – featuring The Wanderlusters
12:00pm – 03:30pm Food Stations Open, prepared by our food and beverage sponsors
12:55pm – 01:05pm Welcome Remarks & Announcements
01:05pm – 02:00pm Live Music – featuring The Wanderlusters (cont.)
01:15pm – 01:30pm Fun Cooking Show at WMC Group booth by Mr. Martin Yan
02:00pm – 03:00pm Welcome & Introductions
Door Prize Drawings (3 prizes)
03:00pm – 03:55pm Live Music – featuring Zunkbomb
03:55pm – 04:10pm Raffle Winners Announced
04:10pm – 05:00pm Live Music – featuring Zunkbomb (cont.)
05:00pm Event Ends

View 2013 Event’s Photo Album Video

Sponsorship Opportunities
George Washington Cash VND 150,000,000
  • Company logo exclusively printed on 1,000 Event T-Shirts
  • Opportunity to make welcoming comments at event
  • Company logo displayed at event’s main area, in event ticket, event program, and event banner
  • Recognition in event flyer on AmCham website
  • One corporate banner (2.6m x 0.75m) placed at event, along the river barrier
  • Twenty free tickets
John Adams Cash VND 110,000,000
  • Company logo exclusively printed on 1,000 Event Caps
  • Company name verbally mentioned during formal program
  • Company logo displayed at event’s main area, in event ticket, event program, and event banner
  • Recognition in event flyer on AmCham website
  • One corporate banner (2.6m x 0.75m) placed at event, along the river barrier
  • Fifteen free tickets
Thomas Jefferson Cash VND 64,000,000
  • Company name verbally mentioned during formal program
  • Company logo displayed at event’s main area, in event ticket, event program, and event banner
  • Recognition in event flyer on AmCham website
  • One corporate banner (2.6m x 0.75m) placed at event, along the river barrier
  • Ten free tickets
Samuel Adams Cash VND 32,000,000 or Product at VND 70,000,000
  • Company name verbally mentioned during formal program
  • Company logo in event ticket, event program, and event banner
  • Recognition in event flyer on AmCham website
  • One corporate banner (2.6m x 0.75m) placed at event, along the river barrier
  • Six free tickets
Benjamin Franklin Cash VND 16,000,000 or Product at VND 40,000,000
  • Company logo in event program, and event banner
  • Recognition in event flyer on AmCham website
  • One corporate banner (1.3m x 0.75m) placed at event, along the river barrier
  • Four free tickets
John Hancock Cash VND 9,000,000 or Product at VND 22,000,000
  • Company logo in event program, and event banner
  • Recognition in event flyer on AmCham website
  • Two free tickets

20th Annual US Independence Day Family Picnic - Sponsorship Form

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Great Door Prizes

The DOOR PRIZE DRAWING starts at about 2:45 pm, after the performance of the Entry of the Birthday Cake, and the performance of Consulate Band. Door Prizes are based on your entrance ticket number. You MUST BE PRESENT to win.

UA, ANA, ACE Insurance Two roundtrip economy-class tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to the United States, one way operated by United Airlines, one way operated by ANA; plus two Platinum-Grade, Family-level, Worldwide level Travel Insurance policies by ACE Insurance
The Nam Hai Two-Night Stay in a One-Bedroom Villa for two persons at The Nam Hai
nike-desktop-wallpaper2 Five pairs of NIKE shoes for Running / Cross Training

Great Raffle Prizes
You will receive a Raffle Ticket at the Reception Desk when check in. To increase the chances to win prizes, you can purchase more raffle tickets at our Raffle Ticket Sales Counters at the event. Price of each raffle ticket is 50,000vnd.We will draw the 10 TOP Raffle Prizes at about 3:55 pm, and YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. If we call your name three times and there is no winner after about 10 or 15 seconds, we will Re-Draw the prize.We will post other raffle prizes on our Raffle Prizes Board near the Reception Desk and on our AmCham website after 5:00pm on Jun. 28. Please save your ticket stubs! You can redeem them later and pick up your prizes at the AmCham office before July 15, 2014.

One United Airlines Roundtrip Economy-class Ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to the United States
One ANA Roundtrip Economy-class Ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to the United States
One EVA Airways Roundtrip Economy-class Ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to the United States or Canada, plus a Platinum-Grade, Family-level, Worldwide level Travel Insurance policies by ACE Insurance
One Emirates Roundtrip Economy-class Ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to the United States
One Emirates Roundtrip Economy-class Ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to the United States
Mekong Explorer Private Touring Package of Mekong explorer by bike and overnight River Cruise for two persons, sponsored by Terraverde Travel
The Grand Ho Tram Strip Two-Night Stay for two person at The Grand Ho Tram Strip, and Four 18-hole Rounds of Golf at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip
Banyan Tree Lang Co Two-Night Stay in a Deluxe Room for two persons at Angsana Lang Co, and Two 18-hole Rounds of Golf at Laguna Lang Co Golf Club 
home-5 Six-Month Membership at NutriFort Fitness Center 
50-kg Box to any FedEx Worldwide Destinations

Raffle Prizes

Ocean Villas Resort Danang Two-Night Stay in a Two-Bedroom Pool Villas for four persons at Ocean Villas Resort Danang
Mekong Delta Cruise Mekong Delta River Cruise for four persons by Hoi An Express
The Shells Resort & Spa Two-Night Stay in an Ocean View Deluxe Room with Spa Treatment and Round Trip Airport Transfer for two persons at The Shells Resort & Spa Phu Quoc
home-5 Six-Month Membership at NutriFort Fitness 
home-4 Three-Month Membership at NutriFort Fitness (2 winners)
Hoi An Two-Day Tour of Danang Ba Na Hills with Lunch for four persons, sponsored by Hoi An Express
WMC Two-Night Stay in a Windsor Suite Room for two persons at Windsor Plaza & Hotel Saigon by WMC Group
Salinda Premium Resort & Spa Phu Quoc Two-Night Stay in a Deluxe Sea View at Salinda Premium Resort & Spa Phu Quoc
Sofitel Saigon Plaza Two-Night Weekend Stay in a Double Superior Room for two persons at Sofitel Saigon Plaza
Salinda Premium Resort & Spa Phu Quoc Two-Night Stay in a Deluxe Garden View at Salinda Premium Resort & Spa Phu Quoc
Moevenpick Hotel Two-Night Stay in a Deluxe Room, and 60 Minutes Body Massage at Moevenpick Hotel Saigon
Pho Xinh Furniture A Sofa Bed by Pho Xinh Furniture
25-kg Box to any FedEx Worldwide Destinations
JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi Two-Night Stay in a Deluxe Lake View Room for two persons at JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
WMC Group Two-Night Stay in a Premium Deluxe Room for two persons at Windsor Plaza Hotel Saigon
Hyatt Regency Danang Two-Night Stay in a Hyatt Guestroom for two persons at Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa
ACC Five Chiropractic Consultation and Treatment OR a Pair of Orthotics sponsored by American Chiropractic Clinic
Bong Sen Hotel Two-Night Stay in a Junior Suite at Bong Sen Hotel
The Costa Nha Trang Two-Night Stay for two persons at The Costa Nha Trang
The Landmark Two-Night Weekend Stay in a One Bedroom Apartment for two persons at The Landmark
Pandanus Resort Two-Night Stay in a Superior Room for two persons with Two Lunches, One Set Dinner, One BBQ Buffet and 40 Minutes Massage at Pandanus Resort (2 winners)
A O Show Six À Ố Show tickets for family (3 winners)
Mui Ne Unique Two-Night Stay in a Deluxe Garden View Room for two persons at Muine Unique Resort & Spa (4 winners)
A O Show Four À Ố Show tickets for family (5 winners)
Lotte Legend One Night Weekend Stay in a Deluxe Room for two persons at Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon (3 winners)
Haagen Dazs 4,000,000vnd Ice Cream Voucher at Haagen-Dazs Vietnam
10-kg Box to any FedEx Worldwide Destinations
Maple Healthcare Three Chiropractic Treatment at Maple Healthcare Clinic 
Song Be Golf Resort Two Weekday Green Fees with Two International Lunches at Song Be Golf Resort (2 winners)
iBasic 3,000,000vnd Shopping Voucher for Women and Mens Underwear at iBasic (2 winners)
Victoria Healthcare General Check-up Package at Victoria Healthcare My My Clinics (2 winners)
InterContinental Saigon - Yu Chu Restaurant Dim Sum Buffet Dinner for two persons at Yu Chu Restaurant, InterContinental Asiana Saigon
Westcoast US$100 Dental Treatment at Westcoast International Dental Clinic
Anam Spa 60 Minutes of Total Body Pain Release and Oil Body Massage at Anam QT Spa
Elisa Boat Dinner for two persons at Elisa Boat (2 winners)
Tandoor VND 2,000,000 Voucher for Lunch/Dinner at Tandoor Indian Restaurant (3 winners)
GROOM_DLXR_1_G A Buffet Dinner for two persons at Market 39 Restaurant, InterContinental Asiana Saigon
Anam Spa Oil Body Massage for two persons at Anam QT Spa
Hotel Nikko Saigon Dim Sum Buffet Lunch at Ming Court for two persons at Hotel Nikko Saigon (2 winners)
Novotel Saigon Buffet Lunch for two persons at Novotel Saigon Centre
McDonald's Birthday Party Package for 10 children at McDonald’s DaKao Restaurant
WMC Group Buffet at Cafe Central An Dong for two persons, sponsored by WMC Group (5 winners)
NutriFort Good Eats 500,000 vnd for Good Eats Restaurant and 60 Minutes Foot/Shoulder Massage at NutriFort Fitness Center
Anam Spa 45 Minutes of Foot massage for two persons at Anam QT Spa (3 winners)
Sian Skincare Pro-Whitening with Vitamin Intensive Facial at SIAN Skincare Laser Clinic
Vietnam Golf and Country Club Four Weekday Green Fees at Vietnam Golf & Country Club

Food & Beverages Partners
All Scrumptious Food you can eat. All Refreshing cold beverages you can drink

Alfresco Pizza and Chicken Tacos
Bistro des Amis Louisiana Gumbo’s (Shrimp, Chicken, and Vegetarian)
Bong Sen Hotel Egg Rolls and Fresh Spring Rolls
Burger King Creamy Beef Burgers, Pork Burgers, Fish Burgers
Domino Pizza Assorted Pizzas
Dunkin Donut  Donut
Hard Rock Café Chicken Tupolo and Pulled Pork Sliders
KFC Fried Chicken
MOB Chicken, Pork and Beef Skewers with Vegetables
Mr. Pop Popcorn
New York Steakhouse  Beef Skewers, Mac & Cheese
New World Hotel Reuben Sandwiches and BBQ Brisket
Park Hyatt Saigon Spiced Beef & Cheese Sausages
Pullman Hotel Carrot Cakes & other cakes
Renaissance Riverside Hamburgers and Mini Hot Dogs
The Caterers Hot Apple Turnovers, Watermelon and other items
Quan Ut Ut  Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Corn on the Cob and another side
Windsor Plaza Hotel Birthday cake, Food item to be informed
New Aspen Trading Co. New Zealand Ice Cream
Lavazza Coffee
Baskin Robbins Ice Cream
Vietnam Trade Alliance  Budweiser Beer
Coca-Cola Coke, Fanta, Sprite and Dasani Water
Even Williams (Lighthouse) Even Williams Cherrie & Honey whisky to mix with coke
RD Winery   California wine – red & white

Costs & Registration

Adult VND 1,000,000/ea.
Child 2-12 VND 350,000/ea.
Family Helper VND 350,000/ea.

Children under two years old admitted free

Price includes ALL you-can-eat, ALL you-can-drink, MANY souvenir gifts you surely bring home!
Dress code: American themed outfits (Red, White, Blue)
Note: Limited to 700 AmCham Members and their Guests. Fill in the form below to reserve your tickets. Then pick up your tickets and event gifts at the AmCham Office, Room #323, New World Hotel, 76 Le Lai Street, District 1, HCMC from Jun 10 to Jun 25. Payment can be made in cash or by credit card.
Any cancellation or changes, please contact AmCham Events Team at Tel: 3824 3562 / 3824 3563 or email to amcham.events@amchamvietnam.com

20th Annual AmCham USA Independence Day Family Picnic - Registration Form

  • Price: 1,000,000 VNĐ Quantity:
  • Price: 350,000 VNĐ Quantity:
    Children under two years old admitted free
  • Price: 350,000 VNĐ Quantity:
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More information

America’s Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776. It was a unanimous Declaration of the thirteen “United States of America.” We invite you to read a transcription of the complete text of the Declaration of Independence. [Source: The U.S. National Archives] By the way, did you know that the American Declaration of Independence was one of the sources for Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence by President Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi on National Foundation Day, 2 Sep 1945?

Classic July 4th Music

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