Vietnamese Traditional Culture and Customs To Know

Vietnamese Traditional Culture and Customs To Know

The traditional Vietnam culture is formed on the basis of the civilization of agriculture. The life of every Vietnamese is closely linked with the village and the homeland.

Gradually, these organizations are becoming more and more stable. On the basis of unanimous agreement, the villages have village laws, called “Huong uoc” in Vietnamese. Since then, Vietnam customs and traditions have varied but have not lost their rituals until now.

1. Communication

According to Vietnam custom, "the betel nut is the beginning of the story", the pieces of betel are cheap but contain many sentiment meaning. Betel is a symbol for worship and is popular in the solemn ceremonies and wedding ceremony.

Eating betel

The legend appeared in the Hung King era and was associated with a famous fairy tale "The story of betel nut". The betel nut consists of four ingredients: Cau fruit (sweet), betel leaf (spicy), roots (bitter) and lime (concentrated). The betel nut shows the unique lifestyle of Vietnamese.

In Vietnamese beliefs, the betel makes people closes and openner together. The betel multiplies the happiness. The guests are invited to betel. The wedding banquet has a plate of betel nut to invite guests. On holidays or Tet, the betel makes the meeting with strangers become cozier and helps to make new friends.

Vietnamese Traditional Culture and Customs To Know

Old women eat betel 

Betel slices also make people warm up in the winter freezing, calm down the sadness when someone dies (the sadness to share the sympathy by relative friends in the village). Betel is also the expression of respect for the next generations with the previous generations, so on the tray of worship of the Vietnamese people, there are betel nuts.

Smoking tobacco

The tobacco is often smoked by pipes. For convenience when away from home, it is used with the plow or Dieu cay in Vietnamese (because it is used on the fields by farmers) and becomes one of the featured images about Vietnam customs and traditions.

Vietnamese Traditional Culture and Customs To Know

Smoking tobacco

2. Tet holidays

In one year, the Vietnamese have the Lunar New Year (the first lunar month) is the largest Tet festival, in addition to many other festivals and holidays with many different characteristics.

Lunar New Year

The Vietnamese New Year, in the beginning, has potential human values reflecting the relationship between people, nature, and the universe. Tet is also an opportunity for all Vietnamese to remember, grateful for their ancestors and their origins, human relations, and the village affinity.

Vietnamese Traditional Culture and Customs To Know

Lunar New Year

New Year’s Eve

Why do Vietnamese people worship in the New Year's Eve?

Every nation considers the countdown moment as a sacred thing. In Vietnam tradition, it is believed that every year, there is a god in charge of managing all things on the Earth. At the end of the year, the gods hand over work to other gods. Therefore, celebrating New Year’s Eve  is to say goodbye to the old one and welcome the new god. New Year's Eve is worshiped in the open air. The new year's eve in Vietnam have various events to participate in and If you have landed on Halong Bay and still wondering about what to enjoy Halong City at night with such major celebration

Tho Cong ceremony

After the New Year's Eve offerings, the hosts also worship Tho Cong which is the god of governance in the house. The ceremony is similar to the New Year's Eve.

Vietnamese Traditional Culture and Customs To Know

Tho Cong ceremony 

Tet Thuong Nguyen (Tet Nguyen Tieu)

Tet Thuong Nguyen on the full moon day of January is the first full moon day of the year. This festival is held at the temple because the first lunar month is the day of the Buddha. In Vietnamese beliefs, on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, the Buddha came to the temple to witness the sincerity of the Buddhists. On this occasion, every temple is crowded to worship. After going to the pagoda, people come to the house to worship their ancestors and eat their meals.

Vietnamese Traditional Culture and Customs To Know

Tet Nguyen Tieu

Tet Thanh Minh

It was considered by the East as an annual funeral.

The Ceremony of visiting the ancestor tomb

This ceremony is to repair and clean the ancestor tomb. On this day, people bring shovels to cover the tombs, weed all the grass and wild trees climbing to the grave which can commit to the remains of dead relatives, then plug some incense, burn the joss papers or put more bouquets for the soul of the ancestor.

Next to the tombs which are looked after carefully, there are tombs with no owner and no visitors. Those who have the virtue often put an incense, burned joss paper for these graves.

Vietnamese Traditional Culture and Customs To Know

Tet Thanh Minh

Everybody coming to visit the grave is dressed very well and anxious in the grave.Children can follow their parents to go to the tomb, first to know the graves of the family, and then parents want to cultivate their respect for ancestors through the grave visit.

People all year round working away from home often return on this occasion to ponder the family and gather with the family. People often go from graves at the early morning until the noon. It is a good Vietnam tradition to educate the young generation.

Tet Doan Ngo

Tet Doan Ngo is also known as Tet Doan Duong still much propaganda to date. Early in the morning, children eat fruits, sticky rice, boiled eggs, put roses in the head, into the chest, in the navel to “kill insects”. Adults “kill insects” by drinking alcohol or eating sticky rice. It has been a traditional Vietnam customs for a long time ago.

Vietnamese Traditional Culture and Customs To Know

Tet Doan Ngo

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