"FUNERALS" Hanoi Local Custom Tip by balhannah

Hanoi Local Customs: 93 reviews and 169 photos

  Funeral Wreaths
by balhannah

On your travels around Vietnam, you are sure to see the large Wreaths for sale, the same as the ones in my photo. Some places they vary in colour a little.
I did see a couople of Funerals, and at a stop in a country town, heard the music. I was on tour, and we all wondered what it was, so our guide filled us in on Funerals in Vietnam.

WE WERE TOLD, .....Vietnamese attach great importance to care for their parents in their old age and to mourn them in death, and that they mourn the dead parent for 3 years. Sometimes, mourning even begins beforehand!
At this time, the eldest child suggests a name for the dying person for it is considered unfortunate to continue the same name used in life after the relative has died.

According to ritual, when the parent has died, the children do not, as yet, accept the idea of death.
They place a chopstick between the teeth of the deceased and place the body on a mat on the floor in an effort to "bring it back to life".
The next rite in this tradition is for the eldest son or daughter to take a shirt the deceased has worn in life and to wave it in the air and call upon the soul of the dead to return to the body.
After this rite has been completed, the descendants then perform the ceremonial cleansing of the body.
The corpse is bathed, hair is combed and nails clipped.
Money, gold and rice are placed in the mouth of the dead to indicate that the deceased has left this world without want or hunger.
The corpse is then wrapped in white cloth and placed in a coffin and members of the family form a honor guard around the clock until a propitious time for burial is selected.

AND.......I also had a motorbike whizz past my Taxi, it had a Coffin stapped to the back, they sure were getting a fast ride!!

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  • Written Sep 22, 2009
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