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Festive Christmas atmosphere spreads across Vietnam

Festive Christmas atmosphere spreads across Vietnam

Sunday, December 24, 2023, 20:24 GMT+7
Festive Christmas atmosphere spreads across Vietnam
Thousands of people enjoy the Christmas atmosphere at the Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Thousands of residents and tourists in provinces and cities across Vietnam flocked to churches and public places with stunning Christmas decorations on Saturday night to celebrate the occasion.

In Dong Nai Province, a neighbor of Ho Chi Minh City, which is home to the most Catholics in Vietnam, parishes are like donning a new coat as they were colorfully decorated.

Ha Phat Church in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, where a 47-meter-high Christmas tree made of over 4,200 conical hats was erected, has welcomed thousands of visitors per night over the past few days. They prayed for a peaceful and happy new year.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon was festooned with 80,000 meters of LED light strings.

Vo Dong Parish in Dong Nai Province, a neighbor of Ho Chi Minh City, welcomes thousands of visitors during each Christmas season. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

Vo Dong Parish in Dong Nai Province, a neighbor of Ho Chi Minh City, welcomes thousands of visitors during each Christmas season. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

At Binh An Thuong Church in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, a stone cave with two artificial snow machines has attracted thousands of visitors. Children dressed in Santa Claus costumes preferred playing with the artificial snow.

Trade centers in the city were outfitted with shimmering and fanciful Christmas decorations. They have drawn in crowds of visitors for the festivities and shopping.

The Consulate General of France in Ho Chi Minh City also celebrated Christmas by organizing a fair of souvenirs.

Dong Nai residents celebrate Christmas. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

Dong Nai residents celebrate Christmas. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

In Hanoi, many parishioners and holiday-goers on Saturday crowded the Joseph's Cathedral to enjoy the Christmas season.

The church was decorated with colorful lights and a 15-meter-high Christmas tree, luring a huge number of visitors.

Parishioners and holiday-goers visit and take photos at Ha Phat Church in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

Parishioners and holiday-goers visit and take photos at Ha Phat Church in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

In Thua Thien-Hue Province and Da Nang City in central Vietnam, residents reached churches to take photos and experience the festive atmosphere despite rains and the cold weather.

At the Da Nang Cathedral, many international tourists attended the mass service marking the birth of Jesus together with local parishioners.

Young Hee, a South Korean traveler, said she and her family spent their last afternoon in Da Nang to celebrate Christmas.

“This is the first time I have celebrated Christmas in a foreign country. It is special but I still feel like in my homeland,” Young added.

A church in Nhon Trach District, Dong Nai Province. Photo: Quynh Huong / Tuoi Tre

A church in Nhon Trach District, Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Quynh Huong / Tuoi Tre

A stone cave with two artificial snow machines at Binh An Thuong Church in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City attracts hundreds of visitors. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

A stone cave with two artificial snow machines at Binh An Thuong Church in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City attracts hundreds of visitors. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Residents rush to trade centers in Ho Chi Minh City to enjoy the festive Christmas atmosphere. Photo: Thanh Hiep / Tuoi Tre

Residents rush to trade centers to enjoy the festive Christmas atmosphere in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thanh Hiep / Tuoi Tre

A woman and a child pose for a photo with a French man dressed in a Santa Claus costume. Photo: Hai Quynh / Tuoi Tre

A woman and a child pose for a photo with a Frenchman dressed in a Santa Claus costume. Photo: Hai Quynh / Tuoi Tre

Tourists visit Tan Dinh Church in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre

Tourists visit Tan Dinh Church in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre

Bea from Portugal says that “My family chose Vietnam to celebrate Christmas. After a working trip to Singapore, we visited Ha Long Bay [in northern Quang Ninh Province] before arriving in Hanoi. The Joseph's Cathedral is an ideal place to welcome a wonderful Christmas season in Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Bea from Portugal says, “My family chose to celebrate Christmas in Vietnam. After a working trip to Singapore, we visited Ha Long Bay [in northern Quang Ninh Province] before arriving in Hanoi. The Joseph's Cathedral is an ideal place to welcome a wonderful Christmas season in Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Five women wearing red Santa Claus hats pose for a photo in Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

Five women wearing red Santa Claus hats pose for a photo in Hanoi. Photo: Danh Khang / Tuoi Tre

A foreigner takes a photo of the Da Nang Cathedral in the namesake central city. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A foreigner takes a photo of the Da Nang Cathedral in the namesake central city. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

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