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Vietnamese doctors lip-sync to ABBA’s ‘Happy New Year’ in wholesome video

Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 14:59 GMT+7
Vietnamese doctors lip-sync to ABBA’s ‘Happy New Year’ in wholesome video
Vietnamese nurses lip-sync to ABBA’s ‘Happy New Year’ in a video uploaded on the Facebook page of Tu Du Maternity Hospital in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Doctors, nurses, and employees at a maternity hospital in Ho Chi Minh City have sent their best New Year wishes to their social media followers in a heart-warming video featuring ABBA’s ‘Happy New Year.'

As the clock is ticking on the last hours of 2019, Tu Du Maternity Hospital in District 1 has gifted everyone a special video uploaded to its Facebook page on Tuesday morning.

The homemade video started with the working moments of hospital employees.

The clip then showed doctors, nurses, and other employees take turns lip-syncing to the lyrics of ‘Happy New Year,’ a 1980 song by world-famous Swedish group ABBA.

Some were captured singing while on their shifts as others were filmed walking out of a surgery room for their performance.

The clip also conveyed a cheerful and heart-warming message.

“The familiar sounds [of the song] move our hearts whenever it’s time to bid goodbye to the old year on the very last day of the year,” the caption of the video reads.

“Here’s to love, compassion, companionship, efforts, ventures, and humanity.”

Video: Tu Du Maternity Hospital

The video has garnered more than 21,500 views after four hours.

Tu Du is one of the oldest maternity hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, founded more than 100 years ago.

It is assessed as the sixth-best hospital in the southern metropolis in terms of overall quality, according to the latest ranking released by the municipal Department of Health on December 21.

ABBA’s ‘Happy New Year’ is popularly played and listened to in Vietnam on the New Year and Lunar New Year occasions despite its disheartening lyrics that include such phrases as “feeling lost and feeling blue,” “the morning seems so grey,” and “we might as well lay down and die”.

While ‘Happy New Year’ is rarely remembered in its birthplace and English-speaking countries, it has lived on in Vietnam and is often played in a loop on TV, in shops or any other places that boast loudspeakers in the country during New Year celebrations.

Some have explained that the song became a classic New Year tune in Vietnam in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when TV stations would broadcast it widely for its catchy melody without much thought on the song’s meaning.

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