Well-off families spend tens of millions on incense with natural scents

Instead of buying incense with an artificial scent made of chemicals, high-income families pay millions of dong for ‘clean’ incense.

Every year in the 12th month of the lunar year, Nguyen Thi Hue, 40, who lives on Chua Lang street in Hanoi, orders a box of frankincense from a frankincense workshop in Duy Phu commune in Duy Xuyen district in Quang Nam province.

Well-off families spend tens of millions on incense with natural scents

Burning incense is an ancient cultural and religious ritual in Vietnam.

“The natural aroma of frankincense incense helps create a tranquil and peaceful space, which helps absorb the energy flow that brings prosperity, and expresses the landlords’ respect for the deceased. We are willing to spend a big amount of money every year to burn incense on death anniversaries and during the Tet holiday,” she said.

Many years ago, Hue bought incense made of artificial scent. But she was not satisfied about the products.

Three years ago, when traveling in Quang Nam and Da Nang on a short-term tour, she had the opportunity to visit Duy Phu commune in Quang Nam province, and saw how locals made incense.

After witnessing the sophisticated process of making clean incense followed by the families there, she decided that she would only use incense made by craftsmen in Duy Phu, though the products are much more expensive than those made on an industrial scale.

At that time, a box of 100 sticks of incense was priced at VND90,000. She bought five boxes. This is ‘clean’ incense with a slight scent and little smoke. When the incense is burnt, it doesn’t produce ashes and doesn’t cause eyes to sting.

The frankincense is made of 100 percent natural non-toxic materials.

 

Hue not only buys frankincense to worship her ancestors, but also to give to her friends and partners as gifts. She believes that the gifts, with the pure scent, show her devotion to the recipients and are meaningful on the new year.

The incense can be burnt every day in houses, offices and shops, and helps attract positive energy, according to feng shui experts.

Since the products are made of natural materials and give a pleasant scent, they are expensive. The prices are between VND100,000 and VND600,000 per box. Hue and her three siblings spend VND10 million a year on incense.

Ngoc Ha in the My Dinh urban area in Hanoi said she likes burning incense made of natural materials, because it is safe for closed rooms with air conditioners and for pregnant women and kids.

Tran Van Hai, a petty merchant selling clean incense online, said the prices remain unchanged this year. A box of 100 sticks of incense sells for VND70,000-100,000. 

Lan Anh

Phia Thap incense village in Cao Bang

Phia Thap incense village in Cao Bang

The incense craft of the Nung ethnic minority people in Phia Thap Village, Quoc Dan Commune, Quang Uyen District, Cao Bang Province is contributing to the preservation of a traditional spiritual culture.

Cham traditions live on at annual festival

Cham traditions live on at annual festival

Every October, the Cham ethnic minority from around the country, particularly those in the south-central province of Binh Thuan, celebrate the Kate Festival -- one of their biggest and most unique cultural activities.

e

 
 

Other News

.
Foreigners in HCMC to be vaccinated against Covid-19
Foreigners in HCMC to be vaccinated against Covid-19
SOCIETYicon  20/07/2021 

Ho Chi Minh City is carrying out a plan of Covid-19 vaccination for consular officers and foreigners in the city. 

Seven working groups to support COVID-19 fight in southern region
Seven working groups to support COVID-19 fight in southern region
SOCIETYicon  20/07/2021 

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has asked seven ministries to establish special working groups to support HCM City and southern provinces in their fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

Hanoi ready for largest-ever COVID-19 vaccination campaign
Hanoi ready for largest-ever COVID-19 vaccination campaign
SOCIETYicon  20/07/2021 

Hanoi has prepared to launch the largest-ever COVID-19 vaccination campaign in a bid to reach herd immunity against the pandemic soon.

Vietnam records 80 more COVID-19 fatalities, 70 in HCM City
Vietnam records 80 more COVID-19 fatalities, 70 in HCM City
SOCIETYicon  20/07/2021 

The Ministry of Health on July 19 announced an additional 80 COVID-19 fatalities recorded in six localities from July 9 to 19.

A RoK citizen dies of COVID-19 in HCM City
A RoK citizen dies of COVID-19 in HCM City
SOCIETYicon  20/07/2021 

A citizen of the Republic of Korea who was infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus has died of the disease at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam reports 4,195 new COVID-19 infections on July 19
Vietnam reports 4,195 new COVID-19 infections on July 19
SOCIETYicon  20/07/2021 

The Ministry of Health reported 2,180 new cases of COVID-19 on July 19 evening, raising the total number of infections in the day to 4,195, including 4,175 domestically transmitted and 20 imported that were quarantined upon arrival.

Local residents warned not to stockpile ventilators, oxygen cylinders
Local residents warned not to stockpile ventilators, oxygen cylinders
SOCIETYicon  19/07/2021 

The Ministry of Health has warned people not to purchase ventilators, oxygen cylinders, concentrators, or other similar medical devices to treat themselves at home

Transport Ministry proposes to halt the planning of Hanoi's second airport till 2030
Transport Ministry proposes to halt the planning of Hanoi's second airport till 2030
SOCIETYicon  19/07/2021 

The ministry said it would base on the recovery and development of aviation after the COVID-19 pandemic to have full research on the location of the second airport in the city.

Should vaccines be mixed?
Should vaccines be mixed?
FEATUREicon  19/07/2021 

Amid shortages of Covid-19 vaccines and vague fears about rare side effects, some countries have mixed different types of vaccines.

HCM City pilots mobile app monitoring home-quarantined people
HCM City pilots mobile app monitoring home-quarantined people
SOCIETYicon  19/07/2021 

Ho Chi Minh City is piloting the use of a mobile app developed by military-run telecom group Viettel to continuously monitor close contacts with COVID-19 patients, or F1 cases, who are under home quarantine.

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES JULY 19
VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES JULY 19
SOCIETYicon  19/07/2021 

Social media posts in VN on COVID-19 deaths are fake news: VAFC

Flights to several southern localities to be suspended
Flights to several southern localities to be suspended
SOCIETYicon  19/07/2021 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) recently sent a dispatch asking domestic airlines to suspend flights to and from airports in several southern cities and provinces that are under social distancing measures from July 19.

Vietnam reports record daily increase of 5,926 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday
Vietnam reports record daily increase of 5,926 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday
SOCIETYicon  18/07/2021 

Vietnam’s health authorities on Sunday reported the country's highest daily spike of 5,926 COVID-19 cases, putting the total number of infections at 53,830.

Hanoi halts all non-essential services from 0am on July 19
Hanoi halts all non-essential services from 0am on July 19
SOCIETYicon  18/07/2021 

Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People's Committee Chu Ngoc Anh on July 18 ordered halting all non-essential services amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic

HCMC considers using high-speed boats to transport vegetables
HCMC considers using high-speed boats to transport vegetables
SOCIETYicon  18/07/2021 

The HCMC Department of Transport has proposed using high-speed boats to transport vegetables from the Mekong Delta to increase the vegetable supply in the city which is struggling with vegetable shortages due to the stay-at-home order.

Vietnam reports 7,500 victims of human trafficking in 2010-2021
Vietnam reports 7,500 victims of human trafficking in 2010-2021
SOCIETYicon  18/07/2021 

Vietnam has made great efforts in combating human trafficking in the past two years despite the impact of Covid-19.

National COVID-19 count crosses 51,000 after 2,472 new cases recorded
National COVID-19 count crosses 51,000 after 2,472 new cases recorded
SOCIETYicon  18/07/2021 

The national infection tally rose to more than 51,000 after the Health Ministry confirmed a further 2,472 fresh cases of COVID-19, including 18 imported on July 18 morning, with Ho Chi Minh City continuing to suffer the most infections at 1,756.

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES JULY 18
VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES JULY 18
SOCIETYicon  18/07/2021 

HCM City tightens management in quarantine areas to limit cross-infection of COVID-19

Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
Hanoi tightens measures to prevent pandemic, residents rush to buy goods
SOCIETYicon  18/07/2021 

Hanoi authorities on July 18 halted all non-essential services from July 19 amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Provinces, cities working on bringing back people stuck in COVID-hit south
Provinces, cities working on bringing back people stuck in COVID-hit south
SOCIETYicon  17/07/2021 

PM Pham Minh Chinh has instructed ministries and local administrations around the country to create favourable conditions for local people who went to HCM City, Can Tho and southern provinces for work and other reasons to return home.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN