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Vietnamese Family Meals - North, Central, South

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Family meals are the soul of Vietnamese culture, and they are regarded as something spiritual and so sacred to a country with over 4,000 years of history. Whatever kind of food, the family members always feel a cozy and respectful atmosphere when joining a meal. Meals help to connect people and show the best values. Wherever we get homesick, w...

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Traditional Vietnamese Musical Instruments

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Each of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam has their own musical instruments, inherited from their ancestors, reflecting their life, rituals, and living environment. It is believed that there are hundreds of Vietnamese musical instruments; some are similar to one another, while some stand out to be known worldwide. In this article, we can only list ou...

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What You Should Know Before Getting Tattoos in Vietnam

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Tattoos have been a stigma, a taboo in many cultures, especially in Asian countries where they would often be associated with mafias and bad people. However, the world has changed, and so has Vietnam. These days, along with the booming popularity of tattooing internationally, tattooing in Vietnam is flourishing as well.Now, the obvious choices in V...

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Vietnamese People: the Different Ethnicity in Vietnam

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From the early ages, Vietnamese kids have been told the folktale about Lac Long Quan and Au Co. They had one hundred children and each of them took fifty sons and daughters to different places in our nation and nurtured them. According to this tale, Vietnamese all have the same origin, and we are all brothers and sisters, which makes us have some s...

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Vietnam Ghost Month

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The seventh month in the lunar calendar is a busy time for many Vietnamese since there are two big festivals, the ghost festival, and Vu Lan - a Buddhist event. In fact, these two big days both happen on the 15th of the month. In this guide, we will focus on giving details into Vietnam ghost month. Vietnam Ghost Month When is Vietnam Ghost Month? V...

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Learn Vietnamese Greetings

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The first impression is always important, especially to the older Vietnamese generation; there is even a saying “Lời chào cao hơn mâm cỗ”, which means the greetings are more meaningful and valued than having a feast (a good meal is considered really important in Vietnamese culture). If you want to speak and greet like a local, learn some Vietnamese...

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A Guide to the Vietnamese Conical Hat

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Beautiful craft works could be an interesting and unique souvenir from your trip to Vietnam. The Vietnamese conical hat is an iconic image that reminds people of the farmers working on the golden paddy fields or Vietnamese girls wearing the traditional dress, ao dai, strolling down the streets. The hat has been an item that evolves with Vietnamese ...

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How Much Lucky Money to Give in Vietnam

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Giving lucky money is regarded as one of the most interesting cultural practices in Vietnam. It has become an integral part of the Tet holiday and is still being well preserved from generation to generation. The Origin of Lucky Money in Vietnam Giving lucky money was a custom originated from China. Years ago, there was a couple who were over 50 yea...

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The Lotus Symbol in Vietnamese Culture

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The lotus is an iconic flower of purity and appears in many ancient Asian cultures. This is a kind of special flower that people love and idolize, especially in Buddhist culture. The lotus symbol in Vietnam is the icon of Vietnamese characters and has interesting meanings in various aspects such as the culture, arts, and foods.  Check out our ...

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Traditional Vietnamese Sports

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Vietnam may have appeared to you like a traditional country in terms of clothes (Ao Dai), cuisine (Pho), or architecture (Imperial City of Hue). However, Vietnam is also a country with a wide range of traditional sports which benefit both the players' physical and mental health such as human chess, dragon dance, etc. This blog will take you through...

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An Overview of Religions in Vietnam

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Data source In Vietnam, as of 2019, 95% of the population practice a religion or belief. Every year there are about 8,500 religious events taking place across the country. There are 6 major religions, including Buddhism, Catholicism, Caodaism, Protestantism, Hoahaoism, and Islam, along with several folk religions. Many religious rituals from ancien...

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A Guide to Ao dai - Vietnamese Traditional Dress

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From time to time, Ao dai (pronounced: ‘ow yai’) has always been a representative of Vietnamese femininity and the pride of Vietnamese people. The image of Vietnamese women wearing Ao dai has left a beautiful impression on many travelers around the world who visit Vietnam. There are so many things to talk about Ao dai, but in this post, we will sha...

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How to Understand Vietnamese Non-verbal Communication

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Body language plays a critical part in communication. In some circumstances, body gestures are used more often than verbal expressions. Besides, non-verbal communication is also different among countries, which can cause misunderstandings and troubles if people do not understand the meaning of each gesture in one culture. Being a typical Asian coun...

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Traditional Vietnamese Family Values

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A family is a key factor that significantly affects the growth of every person in Vietnamese belief and is an important part of Vietnamese culture. Therefore, the Vietnamese always put their family first and take many efforts to maintain the traditional Vietnamese family values. Vietnamese Family Unity and Harmony among Family Members In tradi...

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Folk Religion in Vietnam - Vietnamese Gods

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Folk religion in Vietnam is a long-established Vietnamese religion that reflects the locals' life in the past and their beliefs in supernatural forces applied in daily life events. Therefore, this indigenous religion usually creates unique ethnic customs and becomes an indispensable part when it comes of Vietnamese traditions. Promoting human and n...

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Vietnamese Traditional Toys and Games

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There are many traditional toys in Vietnam that were invented a very long time ago and passed down from generation to generation. Depending on the region, these toys and games are varied. In this guide, here is a list of some of the most popular toys and games that are the most iconic to represent Vietnamese culture. Traditional Toys of Vietnam Tò ...

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Vietnamese Traditional Gender Roles

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In the modern world, it does not seem to be fair to define what each gender should and should not do. However, thousands of years ago, it was normal to have those barriers in every culture all over the world, and Vietnam was not an exception. The Vietnamese traditional gender roles were created, and although they have been less significant in many ...

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How to Distinguish Male and Female Vietnamese Names

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Tâm, a common given name for both boys and girls in Vietnam, meaning "the heart" but can be understood as a person with dedication Vietnamese parents give meaningful names to their boys and girls with certain hopes. Names in Vietnam often embody beauty in nature, like flowers and mountain trees, or a desirable feminine or masculine characteristic. ...

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Four Mythical Creatures in the Vietnamese Culture

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Four mythical creatures "Tu Linh", which are called Long – Lan – Quy – Phung, are four sacred animals representing the tremendous power of the universe. They are believed to be created from the four main elements including earth, water, fire, and air. Their symbols can often be found in Vietnamese sculptures in pagodas, temples, cemeteries, and loc...

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50 Fun Facts about Vietnam

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If you have a chance to visit Vietnam with natural treasures, amazing cuisine and surprises to discover, spending sometimes exploring for yourself the beauty from the furthest north to the furthest south of this gorgeous country will leave you many unforgettable memories. Let’s learn some interesting and even weird facts about Vietnam, including ho...

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