Christmas in Vietnam

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Christmas is gaining popularity in communist Vietnam as a ‘fun festival from the west’. There are more places popping up enabling you to get into the Christmas spirit with Tuoitre News highlighting 5 places to get a Christmas picture in Ho Chi Minh, including this picture from Christian Town in Tan Phu, Saigon.

 

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Courtesy of Tuoitre News

However, travellers on our Indochina tours often comment that Vietnam feels like the least spiritual one of the Indochina countries.

Though you won’t come across any alms processions, pagoda dotted hills or tuktuks packed with monks, symbols and expressions of religion and spirituality are plentiful throughout Vietnam…

You will find it…

In Vietnamese festivals and  Childrens’ Festival

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*In olden times, the Vietnamese believed that children, being innocent and pure, had the closest connection to the sacred and natural world. Being close to children was seen as a way to connect with animist spirits and deities.

In Vietnamese homes and gardens…

Vietnamese festivals

In small offerings..

Vietnamese spirituality

When you feel small…

In stunning sunsets…

Sunset in Vietnam

In trees and pagodas pointing to the skies…

Vietnamese trees and pagodas

In reviving the ancient art of paper flower making...

Paper flower making, Vietnam

In living the life one has always known…

Hard at work

In colours and light…

Countryside

In details that fall into place…

Vietnamese flowers

In reflections…

Vase

In temple guards, as old as the woodwork...

Vietnamese temple

In solitude…

Boathead

In nature…

Vietnamese Nature

In the shadows of incense…

Vietnamese Incense

In staircases leading up to Royal tombs…

Staircases leading up to Royal tombs, Vietnam

In broken pieces creating art…

Artwork

In new generations…

Children cycling in Vietnam

In the mountains…

In new religions that combine buddhism, confucianism, islam and christianity…

Vietnamese religion

In looking up…

Religion in Vietnam

It’s there, you just have to notice.

Merry Christmas.


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