Burn Paper Money: A
Burning Paper Money1
Why locals love it
Multi-storied houses, luxury cars, motorbikes, laptops, toilets, servants, passports, rice cookers, TVs, other valuable items and of course, tons and tons of Benjamins go up in flames on the sidewalks of Vietnam. Not real ones, but paper models made from bamboo, collectively locally called hang ma (paper offerings). What does this signify?
Why you should visit it
Hell money/ghost money/spirit money…call it what ever you want. These are a form of joss paper resembling legal tender bank notes burnt as offerings to the deceased. It is essentially a way of showing respect to the dead that has become an important part of the culture.The practice of ancestor worship is largely religious, stemming from the belief.
The burning of spirit money occurs on the first and 15th of every month based on the lunar calendar.