Greeting people in the right way is different between countries. This is, in fact, a quite important thing because people may love or hate you for this.
Most of the Vietnamese in urban areas no longer bow when they meet each other. In formal gatherings, at a religious place, and sometimes in the country areas, one may see the people clasp their hands together in a prayer-like gesture and bow slightly. However, this is not practised to any extent in Vietnam as in neighbouring Thailand.
The custom of handshaking, formerly considered barbaric to the Vietnamese, is now achieving popularity due to the Western influence in the country. Men will generally shake hands and say the equivalent of “how are you” and tip their hats when greeting people. Women, especially those in the countryside, still shy away from shaking hands, especially with men from their own country. It is best not to offer to shake hands with a woman unless she offers her hand first.
Other Popular Customs, Traditions And Rites In Vietnamese Daily Life
– Taboos in Personal Relationships
– Confusing Personal Traits of Vietnamese
– Superstitions, Very Popular In Vietnam & Asia
– Hospitality, Different Way (Oriental)
– Marriage, Wedding
– Pregnancy And Birth