Just like Thanksgiving, in Vietnam, where the majority of the population are Buddhist, Christmas is not as commonly observed as the Tet holiday. But as Vietnam opened itself to foreign influences and welcomed other cultures, people also started to adapt to different celebrations and festivities, including Christmas.
In big cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, one can easily spot a giant Christmas tree or a house fully adorned with glittering lights and some snowmen. Wreaths are also commonly seen dangled at office doors. Many Vietnamese Catholic children are also firm believers of Santa Claus, even writing him letters for their Christmas wishes.
In terms of cultural aspects, Christmas has also made its way into novels, poetry, movies and even music. If in the West, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You is a song that is well-regarded as a “symbol” of Christmas, in Vietnam, there are several Vietnamese Christmas-themed songs that are so well-known that Vietnamese people can identify them right away when they hear the sound.
As we celebrate the festive holiday, we invite you to join us on a special musical journey, listening to these iconic Christmas songs from Vietnam and learning more about Vietnam or how a Vietnamese Christmas is celebrated.
Bài Thánh Ca Buồn
Đêm Thánh Vô Cùng
Hai Mùa Noel
Tiếng Chuông Ngân
Giáng Sinh ngọt nào
Niềm Vui Cho Thế Giới