Culture

Vietnam is home to many ethnic groups though it doesn't consist of real separate ethnics. Over time the intercultural connections of the different ethnic groups built up a wide and diversified culture without one main goal - the Vietnamese.

Most importantly is that there is no state religion but religious freedom. Religion and politics are completely separated here. For our understanding, most Vietnamese people are polytheistic. They follow Buddhist and Confucian ways, while they have a shrine for their ancestors and for example celebrate Christmas.

This manifold culture developed over thousands of years and got shaped by lots of influences. Vietnam’s key position between Indonesia and the Asian main land and in between different cultures made it a merchant place with lots of traffic. Mixture of cultures was inevitable.

Oldest sources say that first the Lac, Muong and Hung of the Red river delta mixed with Chinese invaders. Later Khmer and Cham roots were added through there conquest. All those ancestors are to be found in Vietnamese myths and legends.

So over time more and more religious treats were adopted by Vietnamese culture and that's why there is room for Buddha, Confucius, Animistic traditions, Hindu gods and far more.

Even the western occupations left its reminders within Vietnamese culture: There is French white bread, liver pâté, cake and so on. Even Christian and Muslim ideas have been taken in and also classical Vietnamese music sounds have changed into modern western ones.

So what remains today is the Vietnamese potential to adopt most practical and useful inputs, where most of it is possible thanks to the Vietnamese openness.

Through its cultural diversity the culinary experiences to be enjoyed are an endless number. For Vietnamese there is certainly very few that you really cannot eat. So regarding to regional shape you can get various dishes. On the other hand you also get many offers that you might prefer to refuse.

Vietnam has its own language - it connects and divides them. Of course it gives Vietnamese a national heritage, while they even know from which village the other speaker is - only through the dialect.

But still: Even if the mixture is quite advanced - it remains a multiethnic state. There are still various ethnic groups - for several reasons some are still integrating and some are trying not to. But be careful for those minorities are political, not social. There are still Khmer and Cham in Vietnam - making up most Muslims here. Dao and several mountain people have kept their culture till today.

Contemporary Vietnamese Traditional Weddings

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

The pace of change Compared to how weddings in Vietnam are carried out in the past, there are notably significant differences to the modern traditional weddings in the country today. Cost is among the most obvious differences. Because of the growing sociable nature of people, pressures arising...

Naming Vietnamese Lunar Years (Âm Lịch Việt Nam)

vietnam.com 2014-07-24

The year of the Dragon lasted from January 23, 2012 until February 10, 2013, when it was replaced by the year of the snake. The past year that was dynamic and powerful as the Dragon itself was Nhâm Thìn, the new one is Quý Tỵ, as provided by the Vietnamese Lunar Calendar.

Religion

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There is no one and only religion in Vietnam. The type of religion is more polytheism but the vietnamese people often mix up thinkings like the doctrine Buddha with the one of Confucius. We will show you some of the famous pagodas - you should not miss to visit when going to Vietnam.

Mangosteen (Măng Cụt)

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Because of the suitable climate owing from its geographic origin, the best mangosteens are grown in Southeast Asian regions. A known tropical fruit, it takes a great deal to successfully grow a Mangosteen tree in western countries.

Exotic Creatures - Dac San

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Dac San (specialties) started out as a necessity rather than a luxury. Poor farmers who had little or no money at all to buy food experimented with frogs, hen (tiny clams), mother of pearl, eels, snails, field crabs, snails and even insects found in rice paddies, lakes, ponds and rivers just to have...

Guava (Ổi)

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A native of the tropical regions in Central America, the guava was introduced to South-East Asia around the 17th century. The guava fruit could either be round or pear-shaped, with thin dark green skin that turns yellowish green as the fruit ripens.

Phở - A Bowlful of Vietnamese History, Culture and Huge Flavors

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When speaking of Vietnamese food, one name will always be in the picture, and in fact, because of its popularity, is well-talked about, praised and even glorified by many. An easy dish to pick up and enjoy, hearty, delicious, warm and comforting, Phở (often written Pho) is, and will always be,...

Star Apple (Vú Sữa)

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Star apple is a fruit commonly grown in the orchards of central and southern parts of Viet Nam, though the most famous ones are located in Can Tho Province in the Mekong Delta.

Papaya (Ðu đủ)

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A fruit that grows in the country throughout the year, the papaya, like most fruits, appears green when young but turns amber or orange as it ripens.

Non La – A Symbol of Vietnamese’ Charm and Romance

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When travelling throughout Vietnam, tourists never fail to take notice of the local charming ladies donned in Áo Dài (Vietnamese traditional long dress) and Non La (conical leaf hat, Vietnamese: Nón Lá) walking gracefully along the streets.

Clothing

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Have you ever asked what vietnamese people typically wear? No idea what is the Non La or an Ao Dai? Never mind, we will explain it to you!

Ao Dai (Áo Dài)

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The most popular and widely-recognized national costume of Vietnam, the Ao Dai is a symbol to show the national pride. It leaves a lasting impression to anyone who comes and visit the place. Pronounced differently in varying parts of the country, ‘ow yai’ for most of the places in the South, and ‘ow...

Chú Cuội or The Man in the Moon

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Long time ago, in a tiny bamboo hut beside the jungle, there lived a poor woodcutter named Chú Cuội. He had lived every day of his life cutting small trees in the woods and gathering dry sticks to sell as fuel in the market. He then would tie the woods and sticks up in bundles and carry them home...

The Origin of the Buffalo - When Haste Pays a Huge Price

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In the beginning, when Ngoc Hoang, the emperor of heaven, created the earth, he placed all men and beasts together on it. He was greatly pleased with how both existed peacefully and in order to feed them, he sent down one of his genie servants to bring men rice, beans and several crops for them to...

A Glazed Look at Phuoc Tich Pottery

vietnam.com 2014-07-25

Phuoc Tich is a village about 40 kilometers north of Hue. And for over 500 years, it has been known for producing beautiful, world-class ceramics.

Fairy Tales

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Fairy tale time! Read some of the most famous asian fairy tales here. Enjoy - it might broaden your horizont!

Silk Lanterns - Asian Elegance

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Hoi An is a significant part and place in history, having been a trading center between such places as Netherlands, Japan and China centuries ago. It is so historically important that it was recognized by UNESCO as an official world heritage. Today, Hoi An still reflects the “openness” of its...

The Magic Crossbow - An Old Vietnam Tale of Trọng Thủy and Mỵ Châu

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After defeating the last king of the Hùng era, putting an end to a dynasty that reigned the kingdom for so long, Thục Phán An Dương Vương unified the two countries of Âu Việt and Lạc Việt, establishing it into a new kingdom and named it Âu Lạc. He then proclaimed himself King An Dương Vương and Âu...

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