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.

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.

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...

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.

Hanoi Fruit (quả sấu)

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A common urban tree in Hanoi bears a simple, yet popular fruit both to locals and tourists. The fruit, called, quả sấu, sour in taste and is known to create delightful soup recipes and beverages. Among a common favorite by locals is a drink made from the fruit combined with jasmine water. This...

Banh Cuon – A Lasting Delicate and Comfort Roll

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For years, Bánh Cuốn (Vietnamese steamed rice rolls) has never stop to demonstrate its long-lasting perfect comfort food to food lovers. When people need something light, delicate yet flavorful, Bánh Cuốn is an inescapable dish quickly passes voting to be named in the menu. For those are familiar...

Bizarre Culinary Treats from Central Vietnam

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If you think you have seen, and tasted, the many interesting must-tastes around Vietnam, think twice. Central Vietnam have some quite unusual culinary treats that will take you by surprise and bring your Vietnamese food affair to a different level.

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,...

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.

Jackfruit (Quả Mít)

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Considered a delicacy by many, the Jackfruit (Quả Mít) is a native to Asia though known to originally come from India. It could have many shapes and sizes, but generally, they are oblong or pear shaped. A single jackfruit can grow up to 90 cm long and can weigh up to 44 kg.

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.

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...

Clothing

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

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!

The Two Sisters - A Vietnamese Story of Pride and Jealousy

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In the foot of a jungle-covered mountain, there used to live an old-woodcutter and his twin daughters, Thảo and Hiền. Despite his old age, the woodcutter works extremely hard for his two children. Every day, he would take his axe and cut huge woods or gather small sticks from the jungle floor to...

Lạc Long Quân and Âu Cơ - The Legend of Ancient Vietnam

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Thousands of years ago, during the reign of King Kinh Dương Vương, the Xích Quỷ kingdom was an unknown stretch of a vast land on the far East, leaning its back on a range of high mountains while looking out facing the oceans from a long shoreline.

The peasant, the buffalo and the tiger - a tale of strength and wisdom

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A long time ago, when animals still had the power of speech, the buffalo used to have sharp front teeth while the mighty tiger was a pure golden beast. A young peasant was resting under a mango tree one fine afternoon. He and his water buffalo had plowed the rice field the whole morning and stopped...

Đàn Tranh

vietnam.com 2013-06-25

As in any country, music have played a huge role in shaping people’s lives and for many centuries, have conveyed messages of love, sorrow, joy and hope from the hearts of the Vietnamese people, young or old, rich or poor.

The legend of Dã Tràng - a tale of endless pursuit

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Long time ago, there lived a hunter named Dã Tràng. Everyday he would take his bow and arrows and head to the forest in search for a worthy prey. He follows the same trail everytime he hunts, passing by the same shrine along the way where lived two spotted serpents, which he feared at first, but as...

Legend of the Heavenly King of Phù Đổng (Phù Đổng Thiên Vương)

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An invasion by a strong army from the north has ravaged the country during the reign of King Hung the Sixth. The Ân army have taken over Van Lang, setting houses on fire, and invading village after village. As cries of the women, children and all innocent victims filled the air, mixing with the...

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