The habit of chewing betel in a Hanoi’s village

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Each family has a quid of betel casket to invite their guests
Each family has a quid of betel casket to invite their guests

Visiting Phu Le village, tourists will be surprised that almost every villager is chewing something like chewing gums.

Quid of betel is the beginning of a wedding’s present

It is a village in the outskirt of Hanoi with over 700 traditional houses and some multi-storeyed ones. In Phu Le Village, almost every house has a small in front of garden growing some areca-nut trees and a frame of green betel. Ms Kieu Thi Nhien told us while chewing quid of betel that: “ Now I’m already 82 years old, yet I still remember the moment when my husband bring quid of betel and areca-nut to ask to marry me.”

Each family has a quid of betel casket to invite their guests
Each family has a quid of betel casket to invite their guests

According one custom of this village, groom’s family must bring 1000 areca-nuts and 1000 betel leaves to the bride’s house. And then bride’s family share all those quid of betel for villagers as wedding presents. Hence, each family in Phu Le has the habit of growing areca-nut trees and betel in the garden to prepare for their children’ wedding.

In the wedding day, when the groom welcomes bride to his house, the parade must come over the village pagoda to show their gratitude. And quid of betel once again is the indispensable part of the offerings, then the elders chew quid of betel in the wedding party to wish the new couple happiness and children.

Quid of betel is the beginning of the knowledge road

According to another village’s custom, good students will be shared quid betel from the offerings worshiping ancestors of their family.

Ancestral temple with shady areca-nut trees
Ancestral temple with shady areca-nut trees

Quid of betel has become a beauty in Phu Le Village’s tradition, which remind villagers living far away of their homeland and represents the soul of this peaceful land.