According to legends, Vietnam betel nut chewing and areca nuts custom has been a custom since the Hung King period and are connected with the antique legend of betel and areca.
A quid of betel is called “trau” and consists of 4 elements: an areca leaf (sweet taste), betel bark (hot taste), a chay root (bitter taste), and hydrated lime (pungent taste). The custom of chewing betel nut is exclusive to Vietnam. Previous health books claim that “chewing betel and areca nut makes the mouth fragrant, decreases unhealthy tempers, and makes digesting food easy”.
A quid of betel makes people get closer and be open-hearted. At any wedding, there should be a dish of betel and areca nut, which people can share as they enjoy the happy day.
During Tet Holidays (The traditional new year of Vietnam) in the old days, betel nuts and areca nuts is employed for inviting guests and creating acquaintances. Sharing a quid of betel with an old friend is like expressing gratitude for the connection.
A quid of betel and areca nut makes people feel warm on cold winter days, and through funerals, it relieves disappointment. Betel and areca nuts are utilized in offerings.
When Vietnamese people worship their ancestors, betel and areca nut must be presented at the altar. Nowadays, the custom of chewing betel remains well-liked in some Vietnamese villages and among the old.
Don’t forget to say ” thuoc lao” or tobacco rustic. For women, betel can initiate varied female conversation, except for men, thuoc lao is expounded to their joyfulness and disappointment in their lives.
Peasants always carry their dieu cay (pipe for smoking while plow the rice fields).
Hanoi Eco Tour do hope that you have gained an in-depth understanding of some traditional custom of Vietnam such as Areca Nut, Betel Nuts chewing and Smoking tobacco.