Christianity is by far world’s largest religion,
with an estimated 2.2 billion believers. On Christmas Eve this gigantic number of people
trigger their traditional Christmas celebration rituals. The world is full of colorful inhabitants,
and Christmas celebration around the world, is likewise magnificent. Let’s see how people
celebrate Christmas around the world. [Number One] Christmas Celebration in Argentina
In Argentina, Christmas celebration begins promptly at midnight. You see lots of paper
balloons go into the sky. Many families kick off the holiday by hosting festive celebrations
in their homes, opening gifts with their loved ones, and lighting fireworks in the early
hours of the morning. [Number Two] Christmas Celebration in Australia
Australia’s Southern Hemisphere location means its summer time in December. Their Christmas
celebration is quiet sunny. Instead of sleigh bells and cocoa, many Australians head to
the beach to celebrate the holidays with a prawn lunch and a few rounds of cricket.
[Number Three] Christmas Celebration in Brazil In Brazil, Christmas celebration start near
midnight, usually with big family dinners, gift opening, and the celebration of the ‘Missa
do Galo’ (the rooster’s mass) in churches. Despite the warm tropical summer weather,
themes of winter and snow are not uncommon here.
[Number Four] Christmas Celebration in Canada Canadian children are gifted with snowy, white
Christmas celebration. They bundle up in their scarves and toques, a Canadian woolen hat,
to play in the snow, ice-skate, and toboggan! On Christmas Eve, they leave milk and cookies
by the fireplace for Santa, and sometimes a carrot for his reindeer.
[Number Five] Christmas Celebration in France Santa is called Père Noël in France. Though
their Christmas celebration is rather similar to other Europeans. Children traditionally
put their shoes out next to the fireplace in anticipation of Père Noël’s arrival.
If children have been good throughout the year, Père Noël will fill the shoes with
gifts. [Number Six] Christmas Celebration in Germany
In nearly Every German town Christmas celebration markets open in town squares. Townspeople
gather to hear brass bands, and enjoy traditional fare of the region. They eat gingerbread hearts,
sugar-roasted almonds, sweets of all kinds, and drink mulled wine called, Glühwein, or
apple cider. [Number Seven] Christmas Celebration in Ghana
Christmas celebration in Ghana includes the whole family. Adults dress up in costumes
and hand out candy and sweets around the neighborhood. Children decorate their homes with paper ornaments
and drawings they make at school. [Number Eight] Christmas Celebration in Greece In Greece, friendly but troublesome creatures
called ‘kallikántzari’ live most of the year in the center of the earth. But at Christmas,
they love to hide in people’s houses, frightening people, playing tricks, or devouring Christmas
foods. Greeks perform rituals to keep these hobgoblins away. Their Christmas celebration
is not just celebration indeed. [Number Nine] Christmas Celebration in Guatemala
Guatemalans celebrate Christmas with fun and dancing. They wear hats called Puritina, eat
Guatemalan style tamales, light firecrackers at midnight, and dance the night away with
various styles of dancing. Their Christmas celebration seems pretty colorful.
[Number Ten] Christmas Celebration in Iceland At Christmas time in Iceland, families give
gifts of warm clothing to each member of their household. According to legend, there is a
frightening Christmas Cat who gobbles up anyone not equipped for the cold and wintery weather.
Families work together to ensure nobody will ‘go to the Christmas Cat. Sure, their Christmas
celebration is kind of weird I admit! [Number Eleven] Christmas Celebration in Kyrgyzstan
In Kyrgyzstan, Ayaz Ata (Grandfather Frost) comes at midnight on New Year’s Eve and leaves
presents under the New Year tree. When the clock strikes midnight, families throughout
the country light fireworks to celebrate this beautiful occasion. The cities become as bright
as day. Christmas celebration begins with a jubilant heart.
[Number Twelve] Christmas Celebration in Mexico In Mexico, kids of all ages begin their Christmas
celebration by breaking Piñatas. Adults and children have fun by wearing a blindfold,
spinning around, and swinging a stick to break open the star-shaped hanging pots. When the
pinata is smashed open, nuts, fruit and candy spill out for everyone to enjoy.
[Number Thirteen] Christmas Celebration in New Zealand
Because Christmas is in the summer in New Zealand, friends and family gather round a
barbecue. Typical Christmas celebration meals include roast lamb, sometimes cooked in a
‘hangi’ – an underground pit or earth oven. A favorite dessert is pavlova: meringue covered
in fresh fruit like strawberries and kiwifruit. [Number Fourteen] Christmas Celebration in
Philippines The Philippines is known for having the world’s
longest Christmas celebration season. Four months are considered Christmas months: September,
October, November, & finally December. Christmas carols can oftentimes be heard as early as
the beginning of September. [Number Fifteen]Christmas Celebration in Russia
Russian children decorate a New Year’s tree, instead of a Christmas tree. They merged Christmas
celebration and New Year celebration together. So, they have long New Year celebration week
rather than just one night. Isn’t it cool? So cool indeed! Children wait with longing
for Grandfather Frost who travels with his granddaughter Snow-maiden, delivering presents
across the land. Grandfather Frost resides deep in the woods in Veliky Ustyug, in northern
Russia. [Number Sixteen] Christmas Celebration in
United Kingdom In the United Kingdom, Christmas celebration
is incomplete without Christmas crackers. Merrymakers of all ages enjoy Christmas crackers
on the table at dinner. Crackers are tubes wrapped in colorful paper, with pull tabs
on each end. When you pull the tabs, the tube bursts with a loud snap! Inside are paper
hats, toys and candy to enjoy during Christmas night.
[Number Seventeen] Christmas Celebration in United States
Santa Claus brings the Christmas celebration in the United States. Stockings are hung on
Christmas Eve. The legend goes that St Nicholas heard of a family in need. To surprise them,
he climbed down their chimney, and placed precious bags of gold, in hanging stockings.
From this point, St Nicholas was known as Santa Claus, giver of gifts.
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