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.

Oc Luoc - Fine dining or sidewalk food

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Oc, or snails, is a famous late afternoon light meal in Hanoi. Oc luoc, or broiled snails, in particular, is the most preferred style of cooking by customers. Oc luoc has a one-of-a-kind exotic taste that locals and foreigners alike start to constantly crave for after getting a taste of the dish. In...

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...

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.

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.

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...

Bun Thit Nuong – A popular yet specialty of Vietnamese Noodle Dish

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Bun Thit Nuong (vietnamese Bún Thịt Nướng or Bún Chả) is a popular dish of Vietnamese cuisine which is considered as a Vietnamese culinary specialty. It consists of grilled marinated pork chop serves with thin rice vermicelli over a bed of mixed fresh vegetables and well mixed fish sauce. Bun Thit...

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...

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.

The Story of Tấm and Cám

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Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful girl named Tấm. She was very young when her mother died. But despite her mother’s absence, Tấm was a very happy girl since her father, who loved her dearly, devoted his days raising her and looking after her.

Cai Luong - a Traditional Vietnamese Musical Performance Art

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Characterized by a mix of a mix of Tuồng, southern Vietnamese folk music, Asian popular theatre and French comedy, Cải Lương is most often categorized as “reformed theater” or “renovated theater”.

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.

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...

Chử Đồng-Tử and princess Tiên Dung

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Long time ago in the kingdom of Văn Lang, there lived a king named Hùng Vương the Third. He had a daughter who was blessed with truly divine beauty, of which why they named her Tiên Dung. But despite her gift of enchanting loveliness, the princess remained indifferent to any man’s affection and no...

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...

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