Merry Christmas from Hanoi
Hanoi has been gearing up for Christmas since the beginning of December. All the shops and restaurants are decorated for Christmas and Hang Ma, the holiday decoration street, is doing a roaring trade in all things related to Christmas. As very few Vietnamese are Christian, the holiday has been embraced with enthusiasm in a purely non-religious way. There are some wonderful photos of the laughing yoga club dressing up at Santa Clauses here. Christmas decorations have been appearing side by side with more traditional beliefs as you can see in the following photos.
The weather has also been unusually spectacular for the whole last week. Clear, blue skies and a chilly (for Hanoi) 16 degrees centigrade. The hound is finally wearing her winter fleece. It has been great weather for walking around the city.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
I’m off to Burma today to meet my parents! Pictures to come in the New Year…