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Religion Aside, Christmas Gains Popularity in Communist Vietnam

About a week before Christmas, Tran Thu is outside of a popular mall in Ho Chi Minh City, snapping photos of the ornamented garlands and giant Santa that hug the building. Nothing quite says “Christmas in Vietnam” like the hordes of people who come to see and be seen around the decked out shopping centers. “The decorations are so nice, so we came to take pictures,” Thu said. “This year they’re even prettier, especially at night, when they turn on the lights.” Christmas is becoming...

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