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The Vietnamese Lunar New Year holiday, which starts at midnight on 22 January this year and lasts for several days, is usually called Tết but actually there are about a dozen Tếts a year. [ more... ]
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Over time, the perfection of a prospective bride’s firewood pile appears to have become not just a romantic question but an environmental one [ more... ]
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The Cham people of today are matriarchal, so women propose to men and men live in their wives’ houses. It is the other way round for Kinh Vietnamese. [ more... ]
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The Cơ Tu ethnic minority has at least 23 clans. Marriages between members of a clan are banned. [ more... ]
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Some pointers from One-Hundred Things to Know about Vietnamese Traditions and Customs, by Tan Viet, National Culture Publishing House, Hanoi, 2001 [ more... ]
Although marriage is essentially about two people, it can set up a relationship between two families and two clans. _What needs to be done first is not to choose an individual, but check the line of descent and the family. [ more... ]
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This article contains my research findings on the wedding ceremonies of the Vietnamese people in Quynh Hoa commune, Quynh Phu District, in the northeastern province of Thai Binh. [ more... ]
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In Xuân Phả village, in central Vietnam, there exists a repertory of five plays more than 1,000 years old. [ more... ]
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'Cần' wine is a kind of alcoholic drink popular with ethnic minority peoples living in mountainous areas of Vietnam. [ more... ]
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Nghia Do Commune, Bao Yen District, Lao Cai Province, in the mountainous northwest of Vietnam, has over 900 families of the Tay ethnic group, living in 700 traditional houses on stilts. [ more... ]
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The special thing about Huong Canh is its blue clay, the raw material used to make its famous products. This clay is found in the swampy areas, 3-10m ...
A short while ago, I was asked if the Vietnamese fondness for eating snails were a consequence of the former French presence here.
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