The Hanoi Times – Although Christmas does not have historical roots in Viet Nam, people across the country are filled with the holiday spirit. No need to wait until December 25, one can easily sense Christmas coming to many big cities in of The whole country is singing Christmas carols together. The streets and buildings in Ha Noi have been lavishly decorated with Christmas trees, reindeer, presents, and so on. Windows are framed with multi-coloured lights, and Christmas songs float through hallway speakers. Gift-shopping and present-wrapping have been in full swing. Walking along Hang Ma Street, Nguyen Hoang Yen browses through colourful ribbons and decorative balls to pick out several favourites. After finally taking a package of tiny bells and golden balls, Yen also picks up wrapping paper imprinted with Santas and the unmistakable phrase “Merry Christmas”.Although Yen’s family is not Christian, she says a Christmas celebration has been their custom for several years. “My children simply assume Santa Claus to be a Western Buddha and they can wish not only for luck, but also for various gifts,” she says. “After nearly a year forgetting ourselves in work and study, the Christmas holiday is a special occasion to forget worries,… Read full this story
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