The Christmas season has begun. The festive atmosphere has spread everywhere, with all areas echoing with the melodies of festive anthems.

In the central city of Da Nang, the festive atmosphere has spread everywhere, not only at churches, but on all streets, restaurants and department stores.

In Hanoi, local citizens poured onto the streets, flocking towards churches to pray for happiness or simply to celebrate a special festival.

The festive atmosphere is alive and well in Tan Phu district in the southern province of Dong Nai, where a local Catholic family boasts a 200-metre Christmas grotto rated as the longest in the province.

Vietnam was one of the many destinations of European evangelists in the 16th century. After more than 400 years, Catholicism has developed in the country. However, Christmas has for many years become a widely celebrated event for many in Vietnam, regardless of age or religion.-VNA