The government has increased the number of official Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays from seven days to nine days next year.
Accordingly, the official Tet holiday will be January 28 to February 5, 2014.
The government decision follows proposal by Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang, who asked Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to allow civil servants and State employees to begin their Tet holidays two days early.
The civil servants and State employees, however, will have to work on two Saturdays - January 25 and February 8 - as compensation for the two extra days off.
Thang said the extended holiday was requested in a bid to reduce traffic jams and accidents, as well as to ease the burden on public transportation in big cities when people return to their hometowns to celebrate the Tet festival.
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