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Vietnam considers nine-day break for next year’s Lunar New Year holiday

Vietnam considers nine-day break for next year’s Lunar New Year holiday

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 10:22 GMT+7
Vietnam considers nine-day break for next year’s Lunar New Year holiday
A family spends their Lunar New Year holiday at a Buddhist pagoda in Vietnam. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs has proposed a nine-day Lunar New Year break that starts on January 29, 2022 for public employees.

The traditional Lunar New Year, or Tet, is the biggest festival in a year for Vietnamese as it is an occasion for family reunions, with the upcoming holiday due in late January and early February of 2022.

In accordance with the event, officials, public servants, and employees working at administrative, non-business agencies, political and socio-political organizations will have nine days off, the ministry’s proposal stated.

More specifically, civil servants can spend nine consecutive days off work from January 29 to February 6, 2022.

The streak includes a five-day holiday break and four days of weekend leave, it explained.

Workers who are not officials or public servants will have their schedules arranged by their employers and will get compensatory leave if they need to work during the national holiday.

Employers must inform their staffers about the Lunar New Year leave schedule at least 30 days before the holiday commences.

The labor ministry is collecting opinions from 16 related agencies before seeking government approval for the holiday plan, which is two days longer than the prime minister-approved Lunar New Year break in February 2021.

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