Sunday, October 23 2016


Tết holidays may last 7 or 10 days

Update: October, 19/2016 - 18:30

HÀ NỘI — Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has made a proposal to the prime minister on next year’s public holidays scheme.

It has suggested two options for Tết ( Lunar New Year) holidays -- seven days off or 10 days off.

Under the Labour Code, employees are given five days off from work for the traditional New Year. Since 2010, Việt Nam’s government has allowed exchange of working days and days off so that the holidays can be longer and continuous.

However, the first day of the next lunar new year falls on Sunday, January 28, 2017, therefore, according to the ministry’s first option, State employees and workers will get Tết holidays from January 26 to February 1.

They will get two more days off – January 31 and February 1 – as compensation for the previous weekends.

Under the second option, the Tết holidays would start on January 27 and end on February 5. State employees and workers would go to work on February 11 instead of Friday, February 3.

The ministry preferred the first option, saying the holidays would be not too short or too long.

Under the proposed public holidays scheme, people will get three days off to celebrate New Year 2017 -- from Sunday, December 31, 2016 to Monday, January 2, 2017. — VNS


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