Culture

Vietnam is a country that has a rich culture that is based on a long and ancient history of people who bonded with long and close relationships in the area. Visiting the country as a solo or family to go and experience this culture is worth the travel fee.

The beautiful people of Vietnam are called the Vietnamese they have a belief in the ancestor cult. Every household seen in Vietnam has an ancestor altar installed in a very solemn location. They believe that a soul of a dead person is still with them here on earth even after many decades the person is dead.  The dead and living people still have spiritual communion.

On the last day of every lunar year, they perform announcing cult rituals to invite their dead forefathers to return home to celebrate Tet holidays with their families. Even during the last days before Tet, all family members visit their ancestors’ graves. They clean and decorate the graves in the same manner that the livings clean and decorate their houses to welcome the New Year.

That’s why there everyday life shows that the people should not forget what they enjoy and how they feel is the same for their dead relatives.

Descendants and relatives unite and prepare a feast to worship the dead people and to ask for health and happiness for themselves, they do this on the anniversary of an ancestor’s death. Generations have kept ancestor worshipping customs religiously preserved.

There great culture has evolved around the basis of the wet rice civilization. The lifestyle of the Vietnamese population is closely related to its village and native lands. In their society, people gather together to form villages in rural areas and guilds in urban areas. Villages and guilds have been forming since the beginning of the nation. The organizations have gradually developed for the population to be more stable and closer together. Each village and guild has its own regulations called conventions.

There are over ten thousand conventions are kept in the History Museum in Hanoi and in other museums throughout the country. Conventions are used to promote good customs within populations. All conventions are different, but they are always in accordance with state laws.

Vietnam possesses over 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups and some have had their own scripts for a long time. Others have not preserved their ancient scripts. Some ethnic groups consisting of hundreds of members living in remote areas have their own languages.

Their languages have been enriched in terms of vocabulary throughout the years. Even when constructing for script, under northern domination the han language was widely used in trade, education, and state documents. This lasted until the beginning of the 20th century.

This led to the development of literature in Vietnam. In the 16th century, quoc ngu appeared and was substituted for both the han and nom scripts. Quoc ngu is a Romanized script that was produced by French missionaries.

Since its existence as a nation, Vietnamese literature has been rich in folklore and proverbs. They have been handed down from generation to generation, gradually becoming valuable treasures. Folk literature grows during the processes of activity, labor, construction, and struggle of the people. It is the soul and vital power of the nation.

All kinds of artistic and folk literature from each ethnic group is being collected and maintained. Vietnamese literary tradition has evolved through the multiple events that have marked the country’s history. New literary movements can be observed every ten years. In the last century, Vietnamese literature underwent several literary transitions.

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