Wikipedia defines culture as the social behavior and norms that are found in the human society. It is often defined as the total way of life of a group, individual, or country. So, understand the culture and traditions of Vietnam is one of the best ways of knowing them better.
Vietnam is one of these countries that have beautiful and unique traditions that have been treasured and preserved for centuries. Every tourist will definitely find something that perfectly suits his/her taste in Vietnam. There are several days marked as holidays, and they have been used for ages in celebration some of the rich culture and tradition of the Vietnamese people.
In this article, we will be exploring some of these cultures and traditions as it will help you know more about Vietnam as a country and the way they live there.
The Cultural Traditions of The Vietnamese
Here isdetailed information to help you understand the Vietnamese people and culture better.
The Vietnamese Music
One of the most popular types of music in Vietnam is traditional music. It combines both the foreign and native influence to produce the beauty it has become. The chines musical traditions have also influenced some of the music tradition of the Vietnamese. Here is some other type of music enjoyed in Vietnam;
a. Imperial Court Music: one of the most popular under this category is the Nha Nhac which is accompanied by royal dances. Tieu Nhac or small music is another type and the great music Dai Nhac.
b. Folk music: folk music contains music in the following categories Quan Ho, Cheo, Hat Chau van, Ho, ritual music, and many more.
c. The modern music: This is a popular type of music that is common around the world, it includes Pop Music, Rock,and heavy metal, Vina house, and many more.
The need to fight against foreign invader brought about one of the most popular tradition in Vietnam, Martial Arts. There are several countries that also claim this tradition, but the Vietnamese have developed one of the uniqueforms of martial arts. Don’t be scared when you see children having fun in public with a display of martial arts.
Vietnamese are also religious to a reasonable degree. There are several religions like the triple religion (Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism) which isvery popular in this country. Although most of the belief and practice of this religion are based on folktales, and stories, it has resulted in many ranking Vietnam as one of the least religious countries. To them, the spirit world is considered of high importance since they believe all their actions have results that are significant to the spirit world.
The Vietnamese Festivals
The festivals that are held in Vietnam are limitless. There are many with high significance and some with little significance. In every location, ask the kids or the elders, there are truckloads of festivals held year-round. Here is a list of festivals that are held in Vietnam:
a. Tet (New Year): it is the largest and most celebrated festival in Vietnam. It involves honoringancestors and this move many to return home for the event. Vietnam becomes morebusier during this period.
b. Hue Arts Festival: Thi is one of the festivals that all who loves culture musty endeavor to attend. It provides beautiful art scenes and a whole lot of beautiful and fascinating heritage of the historic Hue Town. It involves showcasing of theatre, music, street performance, and a lot more. It is often held one in two years.
c. Hoi An Lantern festival: Perhaps this is the most popular festival in Vietnam. Thousands, if not millions of visitors are drawn to this festival, held late in the evening/night when the light has totally gone out. With the lantern sent down the river, the beautiful sight is unmatched. Plan your visit around the festival date to enjoy the fun with the Vietnam people.
d. Dalat Flower Festival: There is no limit to what the resident of Dalat can make out of flower. There are several things that that flower has been used to create in previous celebrations; they include; Horse and carts, giant peacock, Egyptian sphinx, temples and many more.
e. The Perfume Pagoda Festival: Buddhist pilgrim journey to the Huong Tich Mountain yearly to celebrate this festival.The colorful parades, the beautiful traditional performances, the long-practice rituals, and the unmatched local foods that are served there makes the festival truly unique. Climbing the mountain is fun in itself, and there are several places to stop by before reaching the final destination.
The Clothing Style
The culture is also well pictured in the way Vietnamese people dress. At special events, Vietnamese people put on their traditional clothing which may include long pants and long tops.
a. Traditional Clothing: The Vietnam traditional clothing is often referred to as Ao Dai, which translates to “Ao” Jacket on tops, and “Dai” Long. The men dress consists of a flowing tunic which is worn over a very long trouser. The women have a high neckline with long sleeves, and it is worn over a long flowing pat which is either white or black
b. School Clothing: Many schools do not require their students to wear unique uniforms, while some secondary schools required their female students to wear the long Ao Dai which may be all white or white and black. Younger students wear a white shirt and blue pants with a red scarf tied around their neck.
c. Work Clothes: Farmworkers and laborers also wear shirts that are loused and often rolled up when working in muddy or wet areas. Women often wear skirts when going to the farm.
d. Hats in Vietnam: If you visit a city or Village in Vietnam and you don’t see anyone wearing a hat, trust me you are not in Vietnam. They have been known for the cone-shaped straw hats which are traditionally called Non La. They are waterproof and help shade the face from the sun. both during intense heat, rain, or sun, the hat is worn.
If more than anything, I believe you know more about Vietnam culture and people. This I aimed at helping heighten and whet your appetite about what you will explore and see when you visit Vietnam. Do have a nice holiday in Vietnam.