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Christian neighborhoods in Saigon deck the halls for Christmas season

Monday, December 14, 2020, 16:16 GMT+7
Christian neighborhoods in Saigon deck the halls for Christmas season
Ornament lights are seen on a section of Le Duc Tho Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

As Christmas approaches, Christian communities in Ho Chi Minh City are starting to liven up the spirit with dazzling home decorations.

Since early December, Christian neighborhoods in the city have been seen draped in brightly-colored lights, immersing quarters of District 8, District 4, and Go Vap District, among others, with heartwarming Christmas cheers.

Residents of five parishes in the Catholic community on District 8’s Pham The Hien Street are finalizing the items in their outdoor Christmas decorations.

Meanwhile, parishes in Go Vap District are also scrambling to complete their Christmas setups, with over 600 meters of flashing lights installed.

“The road was embellished by local residents within a day. This year, we decided to deploy everyday material, as in components to build shacks and windmills, to represent traditional Vietnamese culture. We have completed 80 percent of the work so far,” said Hoang Trong Thong, a resident of Go Vap District.

Christmas ornament shops on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5 are also getting more crowded with customers seeking the perfect embellishment for their Christmas trees set up at home.

Ho Chi Minh City residents buy Christmas ornaments in a shop on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5. Photo: Nhu Y / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City residents buy Christmas ornaments in a shop on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhu Y / Tuoi Tre

Residents of Mau Tam Catholic Parish install flashing lights on Hoang Van Thu Street of Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

Residents of Mau Tam Catholic Parish install flashing lights on Hoang Van Thu Street, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

Local resident Nguyen Van Sach installs flashing lights on Pham The Hien Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Van Sach installs flashing lights on Pham The Hien Street, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

Residents of Pham The Hien Street in Ho Chi Minh City set up lighting for their model of a Christmas cave. Photo: Nhat Thu / Tuoi Tre

Residents of Pham The Hien Street, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City set up lighting for their model of a Christmas cave. Photo: Nhat Thu / Tuoi Tre

A resident decorates a Christmas cave model in Binh An Catholic parish in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhu Y / Tuoi Tre

A resident decorates a Christmas cave model in Binh An Catholic Parish in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhu Y / Tuoi Tre

Residents of Pham The Hien Street in Ho Chi Minh City set up a model of a Christmas cave. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

Residents of Pham The Hien Street, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City set up a model of a Christmas cave. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

A Christmas cave model is set up at Binh An Catholic Parish in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhu Y / Tuoi Tre

A Christmas cave model is set up at Binh An Catholic Parish in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhu Y / Tuoi Tre

A Christmas cave model is seen in Xom Chieu Catholic Parish in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thanh Hang / Tuoi Tre

A Christmas cave model is seen in Xom Chieu Catholic Parish in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thanh Hang / Tuoi Tre

A mother takes a photo of her children at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Thu / Tuoi Tre

A mother takes a photo of her children at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Thu / Tuoi Tre

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