If you’ve ever seen these colourful bottles and wondered about their purpose, here’s the answer. Translated as “cereal bottles”, it’s a common practise in Buddhist families to place these bottles on the altar, especially at Tet time. The decorative bottles contain 6 kinds of commonly-eaten beans and cereals that bring luck into the household. If one of these bottles graces your altar, you will not have to worry about feeding your family in the new year. We bought our bottle at the Buddhist supermarket on Quan Su St in the Old Quarter. It’s a Tet gift that shows you understand Vietnamese culture.