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Christmas in Vietnam is different from the world?

In fact, not all countries celebrate Christmas on December 25, but in some countries there are still a few weeks to come. In the world, there are some countries celebrating Christmas on 7/1 and their legend is not Santa Claus along with sleds or mistletoe as we are familiar.

These countries celebrate the holiday differently because they use the Julian calendar (named after the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar), not the Gregorian calendar (Vietnam calendar). Let's take a look at how different countries around the world celebrate Christmas traditionally.

Russia

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In ancient times both Orthodoxy and Catholicism held Christmas together on the same day. But since 1582 in Europe appear Gregorian calendar (new calendar), while in Russia, it still uses the Julian calendar (old calendar) until the new Soviet times, so Eastern Orthodoxy included Russia and Eastern European countries to celebrate Christmas on January 7, 13 days later than Catholic Christmas (December 25). America, Australia, Western Europe and some African countries.

Netherlands

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In this country, the most important festival is December 5, when Sinterklaas or Saint Nicholas from Spain to the Netherlands by steamship. Up until the 19th century, St. Sinterklaas remained alone, give gifts to good children and put the broken children in the bag to re-educate or punish them. However, in 1850, the writer of children's books Jan Schenkman described the image of the saint along with a black servant, later dubbed Zwarte Piet or Black Pete. And this servant did the work in the chimneys to distribute gifts.

Iceland

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In the land of ice and snow, there are 13 Santa Claus. 13 days before Christmas, Santa Claus will first descend from the mountains, and visit each house and place presents in the children's shoes as they go to sleep. Fine children receive gifts like sweets, while spoiled children receive less attractive things, such as a potato. The next day, Santa Claus came to the towns and did the same thing. Then on December 25, Santa first came back, then the next day his second turn. And January 6 is called "13th day", the last day of Christmas, because on this day, Santa will finally return home. 

Germany

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Here, Christmas is the most important day of the festive season. Families traditionally marked this occasion with a feast and went to church until midnight. Some families will sing at Christmas, but in general the Germans are quiet and pondering. Unlike the ordinary Santa Claus dressed in red and white, this character dresses in yellow and white as a bishop. Families have traditionally enjoyed 12 dishes, including the country's famous Pierogi on Christmas Eve. The most important part of the banquet was the breaking of the Oplatek cake, a thin cinnamon bun with the image of Jesus being born.

Poland

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Children in Poland will receive Christmas gifts on December 6. Because this is the day of St. Nicholas, the character is said to be the original Santa Claus. Unlike the ordinary Santa Claus dressed in red and white, this character dresses in yellow and white as a bishop. Families have traditionally enjoyed 12 dishes, including the country's famous Pierogi on Christmas Eve. The most important part of the banquet was the breaking of the Oplatek cake, a thin cinnamon bun with the image of Jesus being born.

Vietnam

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Although mostly a Buddhist country and therefore Christmas in Vietnam isn’t an official public holiday, Christmas is still one of the main celebratory festivals in Vietnam. Children in Vietnam excitedly anticipate Santa, leaving their shoes in front of their doors on Christmas Eve in the hopes of receiving goodies on Christmas morning in them. The Vietnamese don’t often get time off work for Christmas time so it is more about enjoying the decorations, festivities and creating their own take on the more traditional Christmas cultures.

To better understand how Christmas in Vietnam differs from other countries in the world, there is no better way than to enjoy it. Make sure that Christmas in Vietnam will be the warmest experience for you.
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