Bordered by neighbors Chine, Cambodia and Laos, stretched across the Indochina Peninsula, the country of Vietnam The country is divided into 63 provinces and cities, and its landscape is one of mostly mountains and hillsides. Vietnam is a Socialist Republic.
Ethnic diversity is one of the charming aspects of Vietnam. With over 54 ethnicities represented, Vietnam has a very rich cultural makeup. The main religions of the Vietnamese are Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Caodaism and the Hoa Hao sect. Out of all of these, Buddhism is the most common. Within the realm of Christianity, Catholicism has become one of the popular denominations. There are many different temples and places of worship scattered around Vietnam.
Vietnamese customs and traditions are quite fascinating and unique. For example, the Vietnamese have a custom which centers on worshiping their ancestors. They believe that their ancestors remain in communion with them and they make an effort to celebrate with them and invite them back. Another important ceremony for the people of Vietnam is their beautiful betrothal and wedding ceremony. Tradition is important to the people.
The people of Vietnam love music and dance. They particularly love folk dancing and also incorporate spiritual dance into their religious practices. They have many dance styles for different occasions, and all of them are simply captivating to watch. The way to really learn about the culture of Vietnam is to observe the dancing. The people of this nation are also well known for their lovely pottery and ceramics. The architecture is also something to behold and to appreciate.
Vietnam’s climate is tropical. The sun shines much of the year and the rainfall is adequate to bringing about brilliant plant life and greenery. There is certainly monsoon influences on the weather as well. The country is rich in natural resources, such as precious stones and oil, and they are working towards increasing tourism. Visitors who do come to Vietnam will find a people eager to please, a country filled with sights, sounds and scents that will fascinate and enrich, and an education in a culture unlike any other.