Customs and Traditions of Vietnam
According to Countryaah, the official language in the country is Vietnamese. Residents also communicate in Chinese, English, Russian and French. In some parts of Vietnam, there are settlements that communicate in Lao and Khmer dialects.
The territory of Vietnam is under the influence of several religious movements: Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism. And although Buddhism is the official religion, statues of several local patron spirits (Confucius, Bodhisattva and Buddha) are also installed in many village temples.
The Vietnamese are sure that the spirits of their ancestors live with them, protecting them and warning them of imminent danger.
The Vietnamese are very friendly people. They are thrifty, patient, disciplined and respectful to their elders. They consider sincerity to be the main quality of a person.
The Vietnamese try not to say their name out loud. In their opinion, the name of a person reflects his essence, which protects from evil forces. Careless pronunciation of a name can jinx a person, bring illness and failure on him. Keep this in mind when dealing with locals.
It is not customary to praise children. Often, when out of the home, parents call their children “first son” or “first daughter” in order to avoid pronunciation of the name.
During a conversation, you can’t get close to the interlocutor, or touch his shoulder or head with your hands – this can disturb the soul of a person and bring trouble to him.
A slight bow to the interlocutor serves as a greeting.
Showing courtesy, the Vietnamese never look into the eyes of the interlocutor. Refusal in conversation is expressed in the form of soft denial. For example, “Let’s postpone this question until next time.”
Help in Buddhism can only be provided if it is asked for. So, for example, if a person is drowning, but does not shout “Help”, then it is impossible to save him. The best you can do is offer a helping hand. However, it is not always accepted.
When shopping in shops and markets, do not forget to bargain. Only in this way you can buy the desired item at the lowest price. Check agooddir for recent history of Vietnam.
The main national holidays are:
International New Year – January 1st.
Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet) – January 22nd. Celebrated since 2004.
International Women’s Day – 8 March.
Youth Day – 26 March.
Victory Day – April 30.
Ho Chi Minh City’s birthday is May 19th.
Children’s Day – June 1st.
Commemoration Day – July 27.
Revolution of 1945 – 19 August.
Vietnam Independence Day – September 2.
Ho Chi Minh’s death day is September 3rd.
Teacher’s Day – November 30th.
Defender of the Fatherland Day – December 22.