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Is the new policy on small bill donations extreme?

Update: January, 23/2015 - 09:08
Do you know about this tradition, and what do you think about it? — Photo Vnexpress

In the Vietnamese tradition, people donate small bills to pagodas and temples after worship, and to wish for good luck. Note exchange services have even popped up around pagodas and temples, alongside traditional vendors with flowers, food and votive offerings.

However, the tradition has received a lot of critique lately as people, instead of putting the money into donation boxes, tend to leave it haphazardly on the statues, or even throw it on the ground or water, creating ugly, polluted-looking scenes.

In an effort to put a stop to the littering as Tet approaches, the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) said on Wednesday that all illegal note exchange services, especially those at pagodas and temples, would be fined VND20 to 40 million (US$930 to $1,860).

Do you know about this tradition, and what do you think about it? Do you think the new policy is too extreme? Do you think the new rule could help restore the tradition?

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