According to the Vietnamese burial culture, when a person dies, his or her blood relation and maternal affection will decide the different levels of mourning.
Do Vietnamese people abide by the funeral ceremonies of the funeral culture?
In the feudal regime, the law is the measure of moral standards of people, families, clans, and villages. Vietnamese people are very strict about the customs of the funeral culture. But in today’s busy life, many of the national customs have been reduced and eliminated, including ceremonies in the funeral culture.
The more human society develops, the closer people are. The civilized life leads to the change or eradication of unsuitable cultural tradition. Therefore, the period of mourning in Vietnam has changed a lot.
Since then, unmarried nieces are often reduced the time of mourning for grandparents. In some cases, they even get the flexibility to give up the funeral, so as not to affect their marriage.
Relicts also have been reduced the period of mourning to 3 years in order not to be caught up in work, as well as it will be easier for them to remarry.
Three days after the new burial, the family of dead person comes back to the grave in order to open the tomb door with a view to worshipping territory. The shaman uses an eel, a carp, and sugarcane with a variety of joss paper with the aim of preventing devils from bothering the soul of dead people, as well as helping the dead people to find the way to return to the place of worship at their home.
After finishing opening the tomb door, the descendant starts cleaning the grave or building a grave. In this case, they are free to build the grave without considering whether that day is good or bad.
The children in the time of mourning must fully gather to wear hearse cloth and offer rice for the dead, the worshiper or monk comes to recite. One thing to remember is that all the meal for the dead must include meat (especially boiled chicken) and other types of vegetables.
When family worships enough 6 weeks, the 7th week is called the 49-day worship. As usual, in 49-day worship, almost all families hold a very large ceremony and invite relatives and neighbors to attend.
This ceremony is held so that some children and grandchildren can officially relieve mourning because according to the conception of Vietnamese people, after 49 days the dead soul has settled in places where the shaman or a monk comes to bless for them. Then, to send thank to the guests, the family would invite them to a large meal.
A hundred days is the time when family members stop crying. The family will invite relatives and villagers to witness the act of relieving mourning like 49-day worship and destroy the temporary altar. The photo of a dead person is placed on the altar. However, the family is not allowed to attach the stick to the same bowl of ascendants.
When paying a visit to Hue, enjoying delicious but exquisite vegetarian dishes is such a memorable and interesting experience. In Hue, the vegan dishes are so various that hardly anywhere in Vietnam can compare with.
You will have the chance to try delicious vegetarian food such as rice, rice noodle, or even vegan fish, chicken and vegan spring rolls, etc. In comparison to regular dishes, vegetarian dishes are more preferred, thanks to their less amount of cholesterol and delicious taste.
Bo De, Lien Hoa, Tinh Tam, An Lac, Tin Binh, which are located in the southern bank of Huong River, are some of the famous vegan restaurants that you should try. They offer a Buddhism space and a wide range of vegan dishes such as chicken, lobster, pork made of vegetables, baby bamboo, pea, mushroom, etc.
A special feature is that all of Hue vegetarian foods share quite similar colors, tastes, and fragrance. Therefore, when tasting them, you should eat slowly to realize their unique flavor.
Some specialty dishes of Hue such as Banh bot loc (clear shrimp and pork dumplings), Banh Beo (steamed rice flour cakes with dried shrimp) or Banh it (sticky rice dumplings) also come with their vegan version. You can find these vegan dishes at Dong Ba Market, Ben Ngu or An Cuu on full moon days.
If you travel to the west of Hue, you can see “Pagoda street,” where serves a lot of vegetarian food with an appropriate price, just about 5,000 VND to 7,000 VND for each dish. You can also choose many different dishes at the food stalls on this street.
The way of process Hue’s vegan food is as aesthetic as that of Royal’s food. Therefore, on traveling to this ancient city, do not hesitate to try delicious vegetarian foods and learn how to cook them!