30/50.-Saigon, inside Chua An Quang Pagoda


Although many of the Vietnamese people I met told me they were not Buddhists, most of them followed the Buddhist traditions.

Vietnamese show a lot of respect to their dead ones. Most houses have an altar where pictures of the ancestors are kept. This altar is usually in a special place in the house. Incense sticks are burned often, and prayers are said on a daily basis. Food, drinks and even cigarettes are offered to the dead relatives before been consumed. The older son has the obligation to take care of his parents. When they die, he has to keep a picture of them in one of this altars.

A visit to the cemetery is also done, at least, once every year. Most of the times, during the lunar new year.

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