Each country has a unique cultural tradition based on its history, economic conditions, climate, available materials, as well as local customs and beliefs. Feng Shui (also called Geomancy) is a system based on the elements of astronomy, astrology, geology, physics, mathematics, philosophy, psychology and intuition. Throughout history, Asian people in general and Vietnamese people in particular have applied Feng Shui to house building and decorating. They believe this will bring them fortune and keep the evil away.
The art of feng shui was first introduced to Vietnam by Chinese people. However, it was quickly modified to adapt to the typical weather, natural conditions and customs of Vietnam. Feng (wind) and Shui (water) are among the most ordinary natural forces and are also active contributors of universal magnet.
Let’s see some house decorating taboos that Vietnamese people have followed year after year.
Mirror facing the door
For apartments, the mirror is usually on the sliding door of the closet. For houses, people usually hang a mirror somewhere in the bedroom, often times facing the bed.
Most Feng Shui experts say that this may deplete your personal energy and creates sleeplessness. Because the mirror doubles and bounces all sorts of energy, it disrupts the tranquility needed in a bedroom for better sleep.
It’s also said that a mirror reflecting the bed brings nightmares. An explanation for this is that when we sleep at night, our soul leaves the body. When the soul sees its own reflection, it gets startled, hence the bad dreams and nightmares.
Bathroom facing the front door
The reason a bathroom door facing the main door is considered bad feng shui is simple: the Universal energy, comes into the house through the front door. If your bathroom is facing the front door, most of the good energy will easily escape through the bathroom, leaving little or no good feng shui energy to nourish the house.
Having an empty refrigerator
Refrigerator is closely related to the family’s diet, if there is plenty of food, it symbolizes abundance of feast. If the fridge is empty, it signifies adverse bad economic situation, so be sure to keep your fridge full of food.
Fridge facing the kitchen door
Regardless if the fridge is in the living room or kitchen, it must not face any doors because the energy flow will clash and likely to cause instability in wealth and even leading to bankruptcy.
Front Doors Open direct to Stairs
Having a front door open immediately to a stairway is going in the direction of financial failure, whether you are a home builder or a homeowner.
Perhaps because we are psychologically disposed to see them as dangerous, sharp corners have a distressing effect on our mentality, especially in an area of rest. Feng shui furniture is soft and curved to direct the flow of good qi, making you feel relaxed, rather than tense, at night. However, if you don’t want to replace your sharp furniture, you can just drape a cloth over any areas of pointiness.
Beams, Fan or Chandelier Above the Bed
The only thing you want above your bed when you sleep is a soft canopy. This is about it. Nothing heavy, nothing hanging, please do not hang wind chimes and bells above your head, this is bad feng shui.
You may choose to believe FengShui or not, it is not reinforcement. Westerner might find it hard to believe in Fengshui, but with all the research and rationale from Fengshui specialist, we cannot neglect how Fengshui has proven to be golden key for Asian success, especially Vietnam or Singapore.