Although a predominantly Buddhist country, the Christmas and New Year Season in Vietnam is still one of the three main annual festivals along with the Lunar New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival. Unlike any other Western countries, visitors can find uniqueness and the Vietnamese identity during this Year End Season.
Nowadays, both Christian and non-Christian families celebrate Charismas and New Year Season as an opportunity for gathering, giving thanks and rejoicing with pleasure. Normally, decorations are set up in the beginning of December with a scene of Christmas trees, glittering presents, Santa Claus and his reindeers.
In the major churches such as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh city and the Sain Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi, locals and international visitors can find statues of Many, Joseph and Baby Jesus. Besides, visitors can also be impressed by the splendid, magnificient lighting decorations from major buildings and high-end hotels such as the Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, the Vincom shopping centers or at the Opera House. The cold and chilly winters, Hanoi would be an ideal place for anyone who likes to dress up and enjoy a more-like-Christmas-atmosphere. On Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Vietnamese families usually gather up for a warm and blessed dinner then go out to join the Midnight Mass similar to the West.
In both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, people tend to unite at the city center where cathedrals are located or at the location of fireworks. After the Midnight celebration, locals and international visitors can continue their parties by entering a bustling bars and clubs around the central area. Street food, local restaurants and souvernir shops are also available to provide an interesting resting zone