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Customs you only see in Vietnam

The travel site Culture Trip has listed a number of Vietnamese customs that often surprise foreign tourists:

1. One-month anniversary rituals

The full-month rite for babies involves Vietnamese families organizing a worshiping ceremony and inviting relatives and guests to celebrate the baby's first month, which is also the time when the mother ends her abstinence. 

2. Boiled chicken

Boiled chicken is an indispensable dish in Vietnamese dishes. Photo: Foody

Boiled chicken always appears in any traditional meal on important occasions of the Vietnamese. Whether it's a wedding party, Tet holiday, full moon ceremony or death anniversary, boiled chicken is the main and indispensable dish.

3. Asking personal, private questions

Asking personal questions is sometimes just a way to say hello. Photo: Around Hanoi

Many foreign visitors to Vietnam are uncomfortable or even shocked when they sometimes are asked personal questions by strangers such as: "Are you married?", "How many children do you have?", "How much do you earn a month?"

However, the article also points out that asking these questions is sometimes just a way to say hello, so answering is the fastest way to get close to locals.

4. Inviting elders to eat 

Inviting elders to eat first is a way to show respect and position in the family. Photo: AdTV

In family meals, especially in the North of Vietnam, it is a must for younger people to invite the older person in the family to dine. This is a way of showing respect to their elders.

However, it is difficult when the family is crowded or during meals with a large number of relatives. Many people will wonder who to invite first so as not to be seen as misbehaving.

5. Playing English songs during the holidays

Foreign songs are often played in many events such as weddings in Vietnam. Photo: Phuong Wedding

If foreign tourists have the opportunity to visit Vietnam during festivals, the new-year holiday, or are invited to a wedding or birthday party, don't be too surprised when English songs are played. If it's the new year, there is the song "Happy New Year" by ABBA. Other songs often used in weddings in Vietnam are Shane Filan's "Beautiful in White", "I Do" by 911 band, "Every Time We Touch" by Cascada, "If I Let You Go" by Westlife...

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