Christmas Traditions around the World

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By Bailey Sherrell

When writing this article I was going to write about crazy Christmas traditions and ask people what their family’s crazy traditions were, but everyone I asked had no crazy traditions! So here is a different article, Christmas Traditions around the World.

  • In South of Louisiana on Christmas Eve, people by the Mississippi River light bonfires to help “Papa Noel”(what they call Santa) find his way to children’s homes.
  • In the UK children sometimes write letters to ‘Father Christmas’ but instead of posting/ mailing them, they throw it into the fireplace and Santa reads the smoke.
  • Not many people in China celebrate Christmas ,but for the ones that do, they call Santa Claus ‘Sheng Dan Lao Ren’ which means Old Christmas Man. A tradition that’s becoming slowly popular is giving apples on Christmas Eve. They do this because Chinese Christmas Eve is called ‘Ping’an Ye’ meaning Peaceful evening and the word for apple in Mandarin (pongguo) which sounds like the word for peace.
  • In Madagascar Santa Clause is called ‘Dadabe Noely’. Most people go to church on Christmas Eve and sing songs and watch plays celebrating the birth of Jesus.
  • Christmas is a very special time in Jamaica. Carols are played throughout the Christmas period and lots of people paint and decorate their house for the holiday. There’s a Grand Market at night, people dress in their best clothes and celebrate and party until morning. The other people who don’t party go to Midnight Mass Church services.
  • In Hong Kong there’s a street around the holiday that only sells Christmas trees and plants because Christmas trees are very popular there. Winterfest is also a famous time for its display of lights and fireworks for around New Year’s.
  • Many people in Spain go to Midnight Mass (La Misa Del Gallo’) during Christmas. On Christmas Eve they eat their main Christmas dinner (Pavo Trufado de Navidad) and after church services they walk through streets playing guitars and drums. Children open most presents on Epiphany, (Fiesta de Los tres Reyes Mages) a day on Janurary 6th, in English called ‘The Festival of the three Magic Kings’, celebrated the wise men that brought gifts to Jesus. Kids leave their shoes out to be filled with presents.

Well now that you’ve learned more about other places traditions, have a Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel! Frohe Weihnachten! Schastlivogo Rozhdestva! Shengadan jie kuaile! Vrolijk Kerstfeesst! Kala Christougenna! Buon Natale!  Feliz Navidad! Mele Kalikimaka! And Alasse a Hristomerende!

and a Happy New Year!

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REFERENCES: http://www.whychristmas.com

 

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