Illustration by Trịnh Lập Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy I met an Australian guy in a bar a few months ago who has been living in Việt Nam for just shy of ten years. I asked him what Christmas was like in Hà Nội? “What day does it fall on?” he asked. After a quick check of the calendar and I told him Christmas Day was on a Tuesday. “It’ll be like a Tuesday then,” was his reply. I didn’t believe him and I hoped he was wrong. He wasn’t. The build-up to this year’s Holiday season made me think of those before. Last year, for first time in six Christmas’s past, I was actually at home with my family. We woke and had Christmas breakfast. Presents were shared, unwrapped and I felt like a kid again. Come opening time I went to the pub with my father and brother-in-law, a tradition that dates back as far as I can remember. After Christmas dinner and purposely not turning the TV on for the Queen’s … [Read more...] about First impressions of Christmas in Việt Nam
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At night, the Trang Tien Plaza in downtown Hanoi is a striking sight with a grand, silver and red Christmas tree on the roof above its lobby. Inside, the center's lobby hosts nativity scenes that draw many visitors. Hanoi's St. Joseph Cathedral has arguably the most detailed and magnificent decorations in the city center. Stars sparkle on the trees in front, a comet adorns the cathedral's facade, and a collection of Xmas trees and large floral arrangements have been drawing thousands of visitors over the last few ways, which has also seen carol singing, other concerts including choir perfomances. On top of the roof of the Sofitel Metropole Hotel on Ngo Quyen Street, a brightly lit Christmas tree and reindeers contribute to the Christmas cheer. Built in 1901, this was the first 5-star hotel in Hanoi, and is a French colonial landmark in the capital city. Vincom shopping mall on Ba Trieu Street has been attracting a large number of visitors with a dome of lights and other … [Read more...] about Splendrous Hanoi landmarks get set for Christmas Eve festivities
Viet Nam News VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for peace and "fraternity" and Queen Elizabeth II warned against "tribalism", as millions across the world celebrated Christmas on Tuesday -- and US President Donald Trump caused a festive furore by asking a child whether he still believed in Santa Claus. Some 50,000 worshippers gathered at the Vatican to hear the pontiff’s sixth "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City and the World) message appealing for peace in conflict zones such as Syria and Yemen, which face humanitarian crises. "My wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity," he told pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square on Tuesday, when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. "Fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture. Fraternity among people with different ideas... Fraternity among persons of different religions." Francis, the head of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics, had used his mass on Monday night to urge people to curb … [Read more...] about Pope urges ’fraternity’ in Christmas message
Viet Nam News Taking a look at Christmas through the eyes of Catholics sheds fresh light on the celebration and what it means to them. An Phương reports. Christmas has forever been my favourite time of the year. Bustling HCM City, dazzling Christmas banners and sparkling lights always give me so much joy during this festive season. To be honest, I often take Christmas for granted. But it can be celebrated by everyone, young and old, men and women, religious or not. Recently, I saw an article in the New York Times which mentioned that “religious elements of Christmas are emphasised less now than they were in the past”. For the first time, I began to think beyond how people in general view Christmas, but how Catholics, particularly in HCM City, celebrate it, and how people like me, a Buddhist, enjoy this as a cultural event. Việt Nam has four main belief groups, including folk religion, Buddhism, Catholicism, Caodaism, and other minor belief … [Read more...] about Christmas, a joyous festival for all!
(VEN) - Another festive Christmas season is fast approaching us. Christmas also marks the best time for shopaholics to get the best deals. With Emirates’ Christmas offer, available from now until 14 December, passengers can travel to Dubai or for a stopover during the much-awaited Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) and take advantage of both special fares and transit visa offers. The month-long shopping extravaganza, running from 26 December 2018 until 26 January 2019, is the best time of the year to visit Dubai and enjoy mega sales, fashion shows, firework displays, raffles as well as enthralling performances, concerts and cultural activities. Dubai Canal Upon purchasing flights during the sale period, passengers can apply for a 48-hour or 96-hour Dubai transit visa for only USD10 and USD30 respectively. This offer is available for Emirates passengers booking flights from Vietnam to transit through Dubai from 28 November and until 31 March 2019. Other featured … [Read more...] about Enjoy world’s largest shopping festival this Christmas with Emirates