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Vietnam 2018 Public Holidays Officialized

Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Hanoi)
Posted: Friday, December 15, 2017
Updated: Saturday, September 14, 2019


The Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, after consultation with its key ministers, has officially approved the Vietnamese public holidays 2018 calendar which had previously been submitted by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).

Today's announcement follows last week's (2017-12-09) strong hints by the Director of MOLISA, Ha Tat Thang, that last month's statement (2017-11-24) by the Vietnamese Prime Minister, of the unanimous recommendation of the 6 ministries concerned, for Option 2, of the earlier proposal by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of the government of Vietnam, for the annual list of the official non-working public holidays in Vietnam for the upcoming calendar year 2018, would be validated at the next Cabinet meeting.

Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) draft proposal of the annual list of the official non-working public holidays in Vietnam for the upcoming calendar year 2018, released early this autumn (2017-09-29), as is often the case, contained 2 different options for the annual Tet Nguyên đán lunar new year of Vietnam, but neither of these 2 options included any swapping of weekend days off with bridge working days during the remainder of 2018.

A month later (2017-10-20), MOLISA received feedback from the 6 ministries it had consulted concerning these 2 options, and all 6 concerned ministries replied with a preference for Option 2, the one where the annual Tet Nguyên đán lunar new year of Vietnam would start 2 days before the Lunar New Year.

As per the revised new Labour Code (2010-03-22 and 2009-11-16), adopted at the third session of the 13th National Assembly (2012-06-21), and which took effect on May 1st, 2013, the annual Tet Vietnamese non-working public holidays were extended from 4 to 5 days and, as was the case 2 years ago (2015-10-15) but not in other years (2016-11-21, 2014-11-12 and 2013-12-05), the aforementioned MOLISA draft list of Vietnamese public holidays for 2018, suggests no swap of weekend days for additional public holidays in Vietnam during the Tet 2018.



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