Vietnamese’s Custom of Spending Too Much Time, Money for Superstitious Activities Causes Headaches

Diep Nguyen

10:36 06/02/2019

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Some superstitious Vietnamese may spend up to several thousand dollars on pilgrimage trips which last many days through many provinces of Vietnam.

Vietnamese’s Custom of Spending Too Much Time, Money for Superstitious Activities Causes Headaches
The custom of going on pilgrimages has been lasting and connected many generations of Vietnamese. The pilgrimage season begins at the spring, starting from midnight on the last day of the old year (giao thua). 
Each family prepares the tray normally with fruits, biscuits, flowers, candles then burns incense to invite deity, God of the soil, ancestors and foreheads to gather with descendants. Finally, when the incense finishes, the whole group of prayers or family gather to share the things on the tray, which they consider to bring luck along.
If the family is busy during the midnight on the last day of the old year, they are recommended to go to the pagodas or temples early morning the next day. The pilgrimage lasts very long, even until the end of the first Lunar month in the year. 
Vietnamese spend a lot of money for those pilgrimage tours. For some not so superstitious people, they will just go to pray in some nearby pagodas and temples during the day and going back home. However some  superstitious Vietnamese may spend up to several thousand dollars on pilgrimage trips which last many days through many provinces of Vietnam.
Dang Hai Yen works for a big corporation in Vietnam, specializing in PR and marketing. For many years, during the first Lunar month, she spend almost two weeks for pilgrimage activities in many pagodas around Hanoi and Quang Ninh provinces. In total she spend almost $1,500, but she never feels regret for that. She said that if she does not do like that, she cannot feel relieved. She takes the year leave for that. 
The custom of going on pilgrimage tours like Hai Yen does create headaches for company executives, especially the ones in FDI companies. Worse, that will also consider to be very unprofessional way of working. Many company managers have called to change but seems like this kind of custom has been going on for many generations and create troubles for companies. 

DIEP NGUYEN

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