Fortune tellers are very important in Vietnamese society — from marriage to business to land. Here was our experience, the good and bad
The Vietnamese do ritualistic burning of paper-simulacra as a way to send gifts to their dead relatives. The fire and smoke are portals to the spirit-realm.
To wish someone a ‘Happy Lunar New Year” (aka Tết) in Vietnamese is ‘Chúc mừng năm mới!’
Ghosts play a central role in many Vietnamese beliefs. When someone has a bad love-life, or can’t find a date, it is often blamed on ghosts.
While only 7% of Vietnamese are Christian, Christmas is huge secular pary. Santas are everywhere. It is like a mix of New Years Day and Black Friday.
We discuss the cultural differences between HCMC (once Saigon) vs Hanoi. If Hanoi is the centre of art and government, HCMC is the centre of pop culture and entrepreneurship
Chùa is a Buddhist place of worship (i.e., a Pagoda). They can be ancient places, or carnival-esque amusement parks. However, “Chúa” means Jesus Christ.
Vietnam is steeped in superstition. For example, seeing a pregnant woman can be bad luck, while seeing a funeral is good luck. Learn how Vietnamese think about luck.