National Holidays, Cultures
- Tet Holiday: Largest holiday of the year, occurs around late January-early February
- Hung Kings’ Commemorations: 10th March lunar calendar
- Reunification Day: 30th April
- International Day: 1st May
- National Day: 02nd September
Traditionally, Vietnamese individuals list their family name first, then middle name, and their first name listed as last. For example, the name “Hoang Nhat Minh” is separated in to the surname “Hoang”, the middle name “Nhat” and the given name “Minh”.
Birthdates are written as follows: Day/Month/Year. For example, November 10, 1997 would be written: 10/11/1987.
Meeting and Greeting
Vietnamese residents generally shake hands both when greeting and saying good-bye. Shake with both hands and bow your head slightly to show respect. Vietnamese women are more inclined to bow their head slightly than to shake hands.
When greeting someone Vietnamese say ‘xin chao’ pronounced ‘seen chow’. It will delight the Vietnamese to hear a westerner making an effort to speak Vietnamese.
In communication, the Vietnamese always makes a good impression on international friends about their attitudes which makes Vietnamese communication culture. Vietnamese individuals wish to maintain good relationships and they are very hospitable.
In relationships, Vietnamese citizens live rightly but often attach more importance feelings. If anyone has helped them, they might not forget.
They are highly friendly, often smiling as talking.
Breaking a promise can be a serious violation of social expectation. It is very difficult to re-establish a lost confidence.
When inviting a friend on an outing, the person who offers the invitation usually offers to pay the bill.
When giving gifts, often the giver minimizes the value of the item, even though it may be great. The recipient of a gift is expected to display significant gratitude that sometimes lasts a lifetime. Some may be reluctant to accept a gift because of the burden of gratitude. Vietnamese may refuse a gift on the first offer, even if they intend to accept it, so as not to appear greedy.