Christmas celebrations around the world

This morning I have a thought for the poorest and all the refugees. These Christmas photos taken by AFP photographers bear witness to our differences and our beliefs that unite us. #MustSeeInVietnam Editor

The world welcomed Christmas 2022 with traditional colorful decorations and church gatherings after a year of turbulence. 

This is hardly surprising given the relatively low population of Christians in Vietnam compared to the population as a whole, and while the West drives itself slightly insane with Christmas shopping frenzies and Christmas pudding cooking, Vietnam tends to be no crazier than it is all year round.
But this doesn’t mean that Christmas isn’t celebrated at all. The Vietnamese are always ready to have fun, and Christmas is a great chance to get outside and celebrate! Saigon lights up at Christmas time with thousands of string lights and Christmas decorations, and the city fills with hundreds of people who are reveling in the chance to be festive.
#MustSeeInVietnam Editor
Christmas celebrations around the world

A Christmas tree is seen as people gather around it ahead of the Christmas day, in Guangzhou, China on December 24, 2022.

Christmas celebrations around the world

Syrians gather in a Christmas market at al-Hatab square in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on December 24, 2022.

Christmas celebrations around the world

Indian people light candles on the Eve of Christmas at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi, India, on December 24, 2022.

Christmas celebrations around the world

People look at the St Andrew church illuminated by the world-famous Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter before Christmas in Kyiv, Ukraine, December 23, 2022.

Christmas celebrations around the world

Military chaplain Father Oleksandr blesses a serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine on their position in the north of Kharkiv region on December 24, 2022.

Christmas celebrations around the world

Pope Francis presides over Christmas Eve Mass, at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday December 24, 2022.

Christmas celebrations around the world

A child is seen in a tunnel lit up by thousands of lights at the Trustees’ Winter lights event in Massachusetts.

Christmas celebrations around the world

People gather around a Christmas tree in the Lebanon’s capital Beirut’s Martyr square.

Christmas celebrations around the world

A priest holds a statue of baby Jesus during a Christmas Eve mass in the Saint Antuan church, the largest Roman Catholic Church in Istanbul.

Christmas celebrations around the world

Hundreds of people stand on the Römerberg during the “Great City Bell of Frankfurt.”

Christmas Mass: the Pope invites us to “let ourselves be enveloped by the tenderness of Jesus”
Pope Francis presided over Christmas Eve Mass on Tuesday evening at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Published by E.VnExpress.net & Photos by AFP


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