A very popular custom among Vietnamese is the cult of the ancestors. In every household, an ancestor altar is installed in the most solemn location. Vietnamese believe that the soul of a dead person, even if dead for many generations, still rest along with its descendants on earth. The dead and living persons still have spiritual communion; in everyday life, people must not forget that what they enjoy and how they feel s the same as it is for their dead relatives.
Worship of Hung Kings in Phu Tho Province
Worship of Hung Kings originates thousands of years ago in the era of Hung King Dynasty in the belief that all Vietnamese people have the same origin “Dragon’s children and Fairy’s grandchildren”; and also expresses Vietnamese philosophy “When drink water, remember its source” creating power for building national unity in Viet Nam.
Hung Kings Temple Relic Ensemble in Viet Tri City, Phu Tho Province, is the orginal place of worship of Hung Kings Temple Relic Site to commemorate the ancestors and to pray for good weather, abundant harvests, the worship of Hung King is also held throughtout the year at Hung Kings temples natonwide.
In December 2012, in Paris, France, UNESCO officially recognized the worship of Hung Kings in Phu Tho Province as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Marriage was and continues to be an important event in the life of a Vietnamese person. The produre of the ancient wedding ceremony was very complicated. First, there was a proposal ceremony in which the groom’s family brought offerings to the bride’s house, after which the young couple was considered to be engaged. Then, there was a ceremony during which the groom’s family brought flowers and fruits to the bride’s parents.
The main celebration would take place on a previously selected date and time when the groom’s family would go to the bride’s house to take her way. The day after wedding, the couple went to the bride’s house to worship her ancestors. Ancient wedding ceremonies were very expensive, and today they tend to be much simpler.