MISC: "I'm a Buddhist, but I celebrate Christmas because..."

via News.Yahoo -- Few Asians are Christian but people across the vast continent are embracing the holiday as a great excuse for shopping, partying and even romance.

Come December, Christmas lights brighten shopping streets in cities from Beijing to Colombo, while images of Santa Claus and Rudolph adorn office buildings, shops and restaurants...

In atheist China -- where Catholics banned from recognizing Rome hold secret vigils -- Christmas does not enjoy official sanction, but Christmas Eve has become one of the biggest party nights of the year for young professionals...

In Japan, Christmas Eve has taken on a meaning similar to Valentine's Day, being the time for romance among young couples.

Christmas issues of Japanese magazines highlight dating hot spots, complete with hotel recommendations and discount coupons.

"We will spend the day together in some romantic place like this," said Akikazu Hamazawa, 22, a student shopping with his girlfriend at the swanky Roppongi Hills in Tokyo.

For an early dose of Christmas spirit, come to Singapore, a shopping haven where lights and baubles go up in October...

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