vietnam

Culture & Religion

              

Vietnamese Culture

 

There are some definite ‘dos’ and ‘don'ts’ in Vietnamese culture.

- If you are invited to someone’s home, make sure to bring a gift, take off your shoes when entering and not leave any food on your plate.

- Be ready to haggle when you are buying items at the market but don’t lose your temper in public.

- Dress conservatively 

- Do not touch people’s heads (considered to be the most important part of the body)

- Don’t point your feet at any symbolic objects.

- Most importantly; smile, wave and say hello (‘xin chao’)!

 

Vietnamese Religion

 

Officially, Vietnam is an atheist country due to the country’s communist regime. However, Buddhism has a strong presence in Vietnam, with around 16% of the population identifying as Buddhist. Vietnamese religion is not straight-forward however. The Vietnamese are known for adopting many religions at once – hence having a triple religion system of belief. They may make an offering to Buddha, a saint and an ancestor in the same week.

Added by teacaketravels
Last updated on the 28 September 2017

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