Things to do in Vietnam: learning Vietnamese customs
Learning these customs may help tourists avoid cultural shock as well as having more knowledge about Vietnamese culture.
Simply, customs are popular and long-standing social activities of community. Let Whereto introduce to you some famous Vietnamese customs that have been popular until now.
1. Doing ancestor worship
Ancestor worship has become a special custom of Vietnamese - Photo: Internet
In Vietnam, people make an altar to worship their connected people. The altar is always put on high position in the house solemnly, including a photo of deceased person, a vase of fresh flower, a dish of fruits. Annually, the family worship him or her on his or her date of death. They place many dishes on the altar and burn incense.
Ancestor worship is considered as a belief in Vietnam. It shows the piety of living people to their ancestor. Moreover, Vietnamese believe that souls of the dead still remain on this world and protect their family.
2. Wearing Ao Dai when going to school, going to work or joining important events
International tourists usually like Ao Dai of Vietnam - Photo: Internet
Ao Daiis a traditional Vietnamese costume, discreet from neck to feet, and worn by anyone. Talking about Vietnam is talking about Ao Dai.
Girls wear Ao Dai as their school uniform and women wear it to go to their offices. Many people wear the outfit for their wedding or other important events. On Tet Holiday, a lot of people wear ao dai to go to pagoda or to visit friends and relatives.
To Vietnamese, a meal is a time to connect family members - Photo: Internet
Vietnamese value their meals and have their rules for eating:
- Using chopsticks: Vietnamese usually eat their meals with chopsticks. Pairs of chopstick is familiar items in any Vietnamese house.
- Sharing food together: Vietnamese usually share food together. They put every dishes in the middle of the table or the tray, then using chopsticks or spoons to take the food. There are a rice pot and a cup of fish sauce for everyone. Sharing food shows the sense of community of Vietnamese.
- Offering meals: Vietnamese seldom say “bon appétit” but offering the meal. The younger one should politely offer all the older.
- Talking happily in the meal: Vietnamese like talking while having meals because they suppose the meal is a chance to make people get closer. People should talk about amusing things to make the meal better.
- Keeping manners in the meal: Vietnamese think that the way a person having meal shows a part of his or her character. Don’t eat too fast or too slowly, too much or too little, don’t leave any leftovers in your bowl, don’t scatter food, don’t chew and talk at the same time.
4. Celebrating Lunar New Year
Tet Holiday is the most important event in a year of Vietnamese. This is a time to rest and play - Photo: Internet
Vietnamese celebrate the solar New Year, but Lunar New Year (Tet Holiday) is more important.
Lunar New Year is an opportunity for the family to gather. People studying or working far from home come back to rest and celebrate Lunar New Year. Vietnamese suppose that Lunar New Year should be celebrated happily with many delicious food and beautiful clothes so that they will have a lucky new year.
Vietnamese have many customs for the Tet, for example, giving Tet gifts to relatives and friends and wishing them good things, cleaning and decorating the house, giving children or grandparents lucky money in a red envelope to wish them good things, going to pagoda to wish luck.
5. Respecting the old
Vietnamese respect the old because believing that they are a storage of life experiences and that they will live longer if respecting the old - Photo: Internet
Vietnamese respect the old so much because they believe that the old have many experiences and they will have live longer if showing elder people their respect.
It is easy to see younger people often talking politely to elder and help them when they are in need.
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