Several expats living in Ho Chi Minh City have shared their stories about Christmas celebrations with Tuoi Tre News as the holiday nears. My husband and I have been living in Vietnam for over six years, and I've celebrated four memorable Christmases and New Year's holidays in Ho Chi Minh City. I remember my first Christmas in Vietnam. It was December 24, 2008 and Vietnam had just won the AFF Championship. Most of Le Duan Street and the area surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral had thousands of motorbikes with fans cheering and waving Vietnamese flags. Then, just before midnight, there was a wave of silence. It was really cool to see a mass of people become so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. The weather in the city during December is similar to the weather in my hometown most of the year. This year, a small group of friends and I will have Christmas Eve dinner at Saffron restaurant. We're also doing a fun Secret Santa gift exchange. We have a big Christmas tree at our … [Read more...] about That’s how they celebrate Christmas, how about you?
Christians around the world celebrated Christmas Tuesday as the Catholic leader in the Holy Land pleaded for peace in the Middle East and Pope Benedict XVI spoke against selfishness. In Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah said in a sermon for Christmas midnight mass: "This land of God cannot be for some a land of life and for others a land of death, exclusion, occupation, or political imprisonment."All those whom God, the lord of history, has gathered here must be able to find in this land life, dignity and security," he said, addressing thousands of Christians from all over the world in a sermon delivered in his native Arabic.Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas attended the mass fresh from last month's meet in the US city of Annapolis, where he formally relaunched the peace process with Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.Pope Benedict spoke out against selfishness as he celebrated midnight mass at Saint Peter's Basilica packed with thousands of … [Read more...] about Christians Celebrate Christmas as Leaders Urge Peace
Venues to celebrate Christmas in town Have you planned to make any special things for Christmas? Here are some destinations suggested as ideal venues in town. Suoi Tien Cultural Theme Park (120 Hanoi Highway, District 9) Dam Sen Cultural Park (3, Hoa Binh Street, Dist.11) Coming to Dam Sen Cultural Park on December 24, visitors can enjoy the Ragnarok Online Christmas event to meet characters in games, anime and manga and play the Pump It game freely. Entertainment areas include five game spaces decorated as five big cities in the Ragnarok game, including the central Prontea as gift exchange, magic Geffen, peaceful Alderbaran, forest Payon and desert Morroc. Many souvenirs booths are available for tourists to shop as well as stages for music and dance performances. Youth Cultural House (4 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1) There will be many festivities to welcome the New Year from December 24 to 31 at the house's 4A yard, including a Christmas Night Gala from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on … [Read more...] about Venues to celebrate Christmas in town
Where to celebrate Christmas and New Year Carolers from Saigon Children Charity will spread Yuletide cheer as they sing heart-warming seasonal classics December 20-23 at Lobby Lounge. From now until December 26 there is Festive Afternoon High Tea & Christmas Goodies on sale at Lobby Lounge. Besides parties for Christmas and New Year at Nineteen Restaurant, Reflections and Saigon Saigon 3, there is a thrilling count-down dance party. At Park Lounge, Chef Victor Hasting prepares a Christmas Afternoon Tea and Friday Afternoon Tea Buffet with Vietnamese treats and French-inspired pastries every day until December 27. The Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Lunch and Christmas Day Roast Dinner are available at its Opera and Square One Restaurants where children will receive a surprise gift from Santa Claus. Besides New Year's Eve Dinner and Prosecco Brunch for New Year's Day, the countdown to 2010 will be celebrated at Park Lounge with songs of Andrea Hamilton, a singer from Missouri. … [Read more...] about Where to celebrate Christmas and New Year
Wondering what to do or where to go this Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City? Here are a few hints. A slew of activities to celebrate Christmas and usher in the New Year are taking place in the foreigner-packed Phu My Hung area of Ho Chi Minh City. The main event is running at the Ban Nguyet (Crescent) Lake in the District 7 neighborhood from Monday to January 4. It is expected to welcome about 20,000 visitors during that time. The two highlights are streets decorated with Christmas glitter and a countdown party to the New Year. The countdown party will be held on Wednesday next week and includes a star-studded performance with the country’s leading DJs and singers. A countdown ritual, to start at 11:59 pm on New Year’s Eve, will feature a striking light show over the Crescent Lake. Participants will also be showered with gifts from the event’s sponsors. In a similar vein, "Christmas Festival 2014" is set to take place at … [Read more...] about Places to celebrate Christmas, New Year in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City