The Best Christmas Traditions from All over the World
December 21, 2017 (No Comments) by Tahlia Peppard

Since we’re getting closer and closer to the big day, I thought in today’s article I could discuss different Christmas traditions from all over the world.

Usually, we’re so wrapped up in our own lives and what we’re doing on Christmas that we forget everyone celebrates it in their own way and has different ways of doing so.

Some of these traditions are really interesting and maybe for Christmas 2018 (as if we can all think that far ahead), you should consider visiting a different place.

  1. GHANA

People in Ghana celebrate Christmas from the 20th of December to the first week in January with lots of different activities.

Christmas Eve night is the time when the celebrations really start with Church services that have drumming and dancing. Children often put on a Nativity Play or other drama. Then choirs come out to sing and people come out in front of the priests to dance.

On Christmas day the Churches are very full. People come out dressed in their colorful traditional clothes. After the Church service on Christmas morning, people quickly go back to their houses to start giving and receiving gifts.

  1. ARGENTINA

Preparations for Christmas begin very early in December and even in November (much like most of the Irish).

House are beautifully decorated with lights and wreaths of green, gold, red and white flowers.

It’s interesting to note that the Nativity scene or ‘pesebre’ is also an important Christmas decoration in Argentina.

The main Christmas celebrations take place on Christmas Eve. Many Catholics will go to a Mass in the late afternoon.

The main meal Christmas is eaten during the evening of Christmas Eve, often about 10pm or 11pm. It might be served in the garden or be a barbecue!

At midnight there will be the sound of lots of fireworks! People also like to ‘toast’ the start of Christmas day.

 

  1. BELGIUM

As in The Netherlands, children in Belgium believe that ‘Saint Nicholas’ brings them presents on December 6th, St. Nicholas’ Day.

Children put their shoes in front of the fireplace, together some for Sinterklaas like a drawing or biscuits; they might also leave a carrot for Sinterklass’s horse and something for Zwarte Piet (Black Peter, Sinterklass’s assistant). Then in the night, Sinterklaas arrives on the roof on his horse with Zwarte Piet. Zwarte Piet climbs down the chimney and leaves the presents in and around the shoes.

On Christmas Eve, a special meal is eaten by most families. It starts with a drink and nibbles, followed by a starter course such as sea-food, and then stuffed turkey. The dessert is ‘Kerststronk,’ a chocolate Christmas Log made of sponge roll layered with cream.

On Christmas day itself people visit friends or distant relatives.

  1. HONG KONG

In Hong Kong, Chinese Christians celebrate Christmas with Church services in Chinese.

Poinsettias flowers, tinsel, Christmas lights and Nativity scenes decorate homes, churches and public places.

There is a street in Hong Kong that, in the run up to Christmas, sells only Christmas Trees and other plants.

Every year in Hong Kong there is a ‘Winterfest.’ It’s a huge winter party that involves the shops, theme parks and other attractions in Hong Kong.

  1. AUSTRALIA

In Australia, Christmas comes towards the beginning of the summer holidays! Children have their summer holidays from mid December to early February, so some people might even be camping at Christmas.

Australians decorate their houses with bunches of ‘Christmas Bush,’ a native Australian tree with small green leaves and cream colored flowers.

When Santa gets to Australia, he gives his reindeers a rest and uses Kangaroos and changes his clothes for ‘less hot ones.’

On Boxing Day most people go and visit their friends and often have barbecues at the beach. A famous Yacht race from Sydney to Hobart in Tasmania is also held on Boxing Day.

  1. RUSSIA

Russian Christmas tradition calls for two celebrations; once on December 25th and again on January 7th.

Dinner on this day features 12 different dishes to represent the 12 apostles. It’s usually meatless and full of bread, honey, and veggies.

Christmas Day usually calls for a main course of meat.

As for Santa? His name is Ded Moroz, which translates to “Grandfather Frost.”

  1. INDIA

In India, Christians decorate mango and banana trees and like most Indian traditions, Christmas celebrations are lively and colourful.

Indian Christmas traditions also call for tons of sweets.

Trading Christmas gifts isn’t common, though. Instead,

everyone fuels up on delicious food and brings treats to their friends and neighbours.

  1. JAMAICA

Lastly, we have Jamaica.

Christmas in Jamaica is full of happiness and joy.

On Christmas Eve, every town hosts a ‘Grand Market’ event. This celebration is equal parts festival and market, featuring a medley of shopping, eating, and dancing.

A parade called Jonkanoo also takes place. Often, people continue to celebrate at a midnight mass.

As for dinner? A typical Jamaican Christmas dinner will include foods like rice, oxtail, chicken, curry goat, roast ham, and rum-soaked fruit cake.

So there you have it, 8 different ways people in different countries celebrate Christmas, interesting isn’t it?

 

Tahlia Peppard
I’m interested in writing and reading as well as keeping up with entertainment news as a personal interest. Love to travel and meet new people!

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The Best Christmas Traditions from All over the World
December 21, 2017 (No Comments) by Tahlia Peppard

Since we’re getting closer and closer to the big day, I thought in today’s article I could discuss different Christmas traditions from all over the world.

Usually, we’re so wrapped up in our own lives and what we’re doing on Christmas that we forget everyone celebrates it in their own way and has different ways of doing so.

Some of these traditions are really interesting and maybe for Christmas 2018 (as if we can all think that far ahead), you should consider visiting a different place.

  1. GHANA

People in Ghana celebrate Christmas from the 20th of December to the first week in January with lots of different activities.

Christmas Eve night is the time when the celebrations really start with Church services that have drumming and dancing. Children often put on a Nativity Play or other drama. Then choirs come out to sing and people come out in front of the priests to dance.

On Christmas day the Churches are very full. People come out dressed in their colorful traditional clothes. After the Church service on Christmas morning, people quickly go back to their houses to start giving and receiving gifts.

  1. ARGENTINA

Preparations for Christmas begin very early in December and even in November (much like most of the Irish).

House are beautifully decorated with lights and wreaths of green, gold, red and white flowers.

It’s interesting to note that the Nativity scene or ‘pesebre’ is also an important Christmas decoration in Argentina.

The main Christmas celebrations take place on Christmas Eve. Many Catholics will go to a Mass in the late afternoon.

The main meal Christmas is eaten during the evening of Christmas Eve, often about 10pm or 11pm. It might be served in the garden or be a barbecue!

At midnight there will be the sound of lots of fireworks! People also like to ‘toast’ the start of Christmas day.

 

  1. BELGIUM

As in The Netherlands, children in Belgium believe that ‘Saint Nicholas’ brings them presents on December 6th, St. Nicholas’ Day.

Children put their shoes in front of the fireplace, together some for Sinterklaas like a drawing or biscuits; they might also leave a carrot for Sinterklass’s horse and something for Zwarte Piet (Black Peter, Sinterklass’s assistant). Then in the night, Sinterklaas arrives on the roof on his horse with Zwarte Piet. Zwarte Piet climbs down the chimney and leaves the presents in and around the shoes.

On Christmas Eve, a special meal is eaten by most families. It starts with a drink and nibbles, followed by a starter course such as sea-food, and then stuffed turkey. The dessert is ‘Kerststronk,’ a chocolate Christmas Log made of sponge roll layered with cream.

On Christmas day itself people visit friends or distant relatives.

  1. HONG KONG

In Hong Kong, Chinese Christians celebrate Christmas with Church services in Chinese.

Poinsettias flowers, tinsel, Christmas lights and Nativity scenes decorate homes, churches and public places.

There is a street in Hong Kong that, in the run up to Christmas, sells only Christmas Trees and other plants.

Every year in Hong Kong there is a ‘Winterfest.’ It’s a huge winter party that involves the shops, theme parks and other attractions in Hong Kong.

  1. AUSTRALIA

In Australia, Christmas comes towards the beginning of the summer holidays! Children have their summer holidays from mid December to early February, so some people might even be camping at Christmas.

Australians decorate their houses with bunches of ‘Christmas Bush,’ a native Australian tree with small green leaves and cream colored flowers.

When Santa gets to Australia, he gives his reindeers a rest and uses Kangaroos and changes his clothes for ‘less hot ones.’

On Boxing Day most people go and visit their friends and often have barbecues at the beach. A famous Yacht race from Sydney to Hobart in Tasmania is also held on Boxing Day.

  1. RUSSIA

Russian Christmas tradition calls for two celebrations; once on December 25th and again on January 7th.

Dinner on this day features 12 different dishes to represent the 12 apostles. It’s usually meatless and full of bread, honey, and veggies.

Christmas Day usually calls for a main course of meat.

As for Santa? His name is Ded Moroz, which translates to “Grandfather Frost.”

  1. INDIA

In India, Christians decorate mango and banana trees and like most Indian traditions, Christmas celebrations are lively and colourful.

Indian Christmas traditions also call for tons of sweets.

Trading Christmas gifts isn’t common, though. Instead,

everyone fuels up on delicious food and brings treats to their friends and neighbours.

  1. JAMAICA

Lastly, we have Jamaica.

Christmas in Jamaica is full of happiness and joy.

On Christmas Eve, every town hosts a ‘Grand Market’ event. This celebration is equal parts festival and market, featuring a medley of shopping, eating, and dancing.

A parade called Jonkanoo also takes place. Often, people continue to celebrate at a midnight mass.

As for dinner? A typical Jamaican Christmas dinner will include foods like rice, oxtail, chicken, curry goat, roast ham, and rum-soaked fruit cake.

So there you have it, 8 different ways people in different countries celebrate Christmas, interesting isn’t it?

 

Tahlia Peppard
I’m interested in writing and reading as well as keeping up with entertainment news as a personal interest. Love to travel and meet new people!

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