Marco Polo’s 24 Holiday traditions from around the world – Day 2: Christmas in Vietnam

For the second post of our advent calendar we look into how Christmas is celebrated in… Vietnam! Did you miss yesterday’s post? Check it out here.

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CHRISTMAS IN VIETNAM

Though a predominantly Buddhist country, Christmas is celebrated with much flourish in Vietnam, particularly in Hoi Chi Minh. Owing to its history as a French colony, many of the Christmas traditions in Vietnam are Catholic, such as the midnight mass,  though nowadays even the non-Christian Vietnamese celebrate the season with good food and decorations. In Vietnam the Christmas Eve is almost more important than the Christmas day. In Hoi Chi Minh people will crowd the streets, throw confetti and enjoy the brightly decorated storefronts. The French Christmas log cake, bûche de Noël, is a popular gift though exchanging gifts during Christmas is not that common in Vietnam.

So if you are going to be spending Christmas in Vietnam, don’t worry, you won’t miss out on the Holiday cheer!

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