Vietnam officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east.
The Capital of this country is Hanoi and largest city is Ho Chi Minh.
Christmas Celebrations in Vietnam :
Catholics originally formed a small population in the country. Traditional Vietnamese religions are Buddhism and the Chinese philosophies of Taoism and Confucianism. Christmas is one of the four most important festivals of the Vietnamese year, they being the birthday of Buddha, the New Year and the mid-autumn festival. Although the Christians celebrated the religious rituals of Christmas and with much enthusiasm by people of almost all religious communities.
On Christmas Eve the Christians would attend a midnight Mass. After Church people would return to their homes for the most important meal the Christmas supper. The dinner usually consisted of chicken soup, and wealthier people ate turkey and Christmas Pudding. The European customs of Santa Claus and the Christmas tree were popular and children would leave their shoes out on Christmas Eve. The Christmas dinner usually consists of chicken soup while wealthier people eat turkey and Christmas pudding. The special Christmas Eve meal is called ‘reveillon’ and has a ‘bûche de Noël’ (a chocolate cake in the shape of a log) for desert
On Christmas Eve, Vietnamese people in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, especially young people, like to go into the city centre, where there is a Catholic Cathedral. The streets are crowded with people on Christmas Eve and in the city centre cars are not allowed for the night.
Many Catholic churches have a big nativity crib scene or ‘creche’ with nearly life size statues of Mary, Joesph, baby Jesus, the shepherds and animals. For Vietnamese Catholics, Phat Diem holds a special religious significance.
Happy or Merry Christmas in Vietnamese is Chuć Mưǹg Giańg Sinh. Santa is called ‘Ông già Noel’
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