Christmas Day falls on the 25th of December. In celebration, here are 25 Christmas traditions from around the world.
25. In South Africa, Christmas is a summer holiday! All the schools are closed and camping is a popular Christmas tradition
24. A popular offering to carolers in Alaska is Maple dipped donuts!
23. Brazilian Folklore states that Father Christmas comes from Greenland.
22. In Labrador, Canada, Turnips from the summer harvest are saved and given to children with a candle
21. In China, the children await the arrival of Dun Che Lao Ren which translates to “Christmas Old Man”.
20. In the Czech Republic, if a young girl puts a cherry twig in water on December 4th and it blossoms by Christmas, it is a sign that she will marry that year.
19. In England, folks enjoy mummering, a tradition which became popular in the middle ages. People called “mummers” put on masks and acted out festive plays.
18. Ethiopian Christmas is celebrated on January 7th.
17. In Southern France, a log is burned in people’s homes from Christmas Eve until New Years Day.
16. In Germany, the children believe in Christkind – a winged angel who flies to windowsills to drop off presents.
15. Some British Children throw their letters to Santa into the fireplace so they will float up and fly to the North Pole (if the letter burns, they must re-write it).
14. Christmas trees are unpopular in Greece.
13. In Greenland, Christmas is organized and implemented by the man of the house. The women spend their time relaxing and being taken care of by their husband.
12. Children in Holland believe in Sinterklaas, whom lives in Spain.
11. Naughty Children in Hungary beware, if you are bad, St Nicholas’ companion will hit you with a twig!
10. In Ireland, Santa enjoys not milk and cookies but mince pies and Guinness.
9. In Italy the children wait until Epiphany, January 6, for their presents.
8. In Pakistan, 25 December is a public holiday it is however in memory of Jinnah the founder of Pakistan.
7. In the Philippines, fireworks are extremely popular at Christmas
6. In Russia, Christmas is slowly being replaced by the Festival of Winter.
5. In Slovakia, a traditional Christmas dinner is sauerkraut soup, and fish and potatoes salad.
4. In Syria, Children receive presents on New Years Day.
3. The Roman festival of Saturnalia, which culminated on December 25th, was celebrated around the winter solstice and included feasting and gift-giving.
2. In Sweden, the Christmas festivities begin on December 13 with St. Lucia’s Day, which celebrates the patron saint of light.
1. Every year in Italy during the festival of Epiphany an old witch known as “La Befana” walks through the village streets giving gifts to children.
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Happy Holidays from Able Translations.