Unique Christmas Traditions Around the World
Updated: Jan 7
Did you know that the Honeygainers community is from all around the world? North, South, West, or East - you can find plenty of Honeygainers in each continent! 🥳 For this reason, we were wondering what kind of traditions during these holidays (even though this year it might be different...) you normally have! Also, if you are still looking for Christmas gifts ideas - here is Gift Guide under $20 by Honeygain. Let’s check out how conversely we celebrate Christmas and what kind of unique traditions we have.
Christmas is the season popularized by Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. While it is based on religion, here is one of the Christmas fact: historical findings originate from a pagan celebration! Besides its origins, Christmas happens to be an international event, and different countries celebrate it according to their cultures and preferences. Here are some of the countries on how they celebrate the season:
1. Norway 🇳🇴
Norwegians have mixed Christmas traditions: both the ancient and the modern. An old tradition is that all broomsticks must be hidden before going to bed on Christmas Eve. According to folklore, witches and other evil spirits look for broomsticks to fly out to the skies during Christmas Eve. An example of a relatively modern tradition is serving a rice pudding called 'riskem' as dessert. They also integrate a small game for good luck.
2. United Kingdom 🇬🇧
For the Britons, Christmas crackers will have a special place during Christmas. Christmas crackers appear in a sizeable candy-like appearance containing a small surprise in it. When two persons are tugging the cracker against each other, a small cracking sound can be heard. They say the one who can win the tug-of-war will claim all the pieces.
3. the Czech Republic 🇨🇿
In this European nation, the majority celebrates Christmas with a rather simple approach. They will just have a grand feast that includes fried carp. The carp will be taken care of for weeks before cooking for the event. Interesting fact: in recent years, the Czechs will just release the carp on a river.
4. Australia 🇦🇺
Since Australia is nearer to the Equator, you can expect that the Christmas season there feels like summer. This may be common compared to the Christmas traditions around the world, although Australians do lunch out with their grilled food while staying at the beach. Another Australian tradition is more heartwarming. Also, there is a group of people singing Christmas songs while holding candles.
5. China 🇨🇳
Even it might sound too weird to include China since it is not a Christian country, but the Chinese celebrate Christmas! Their outlook is not similar to how Christians celebrate Christmas around the world, but they adapt gift-giving season by giving apples as treats. Interesting fact - the word 'apple' has a similar pronunciation with 'Christmas Eve' in Chinese.
6. Japan 🇯🇵
Weird it may seem, KFC or Kentucky Fried Chicken, an American fast-food chain, is the central figure in the Japanese Christmas celebration. KFC has become the go-to restaurant of the Japanese for a Christmas dinner. In the '70s, a marketing strategy was employed to promote a 'party barrel' full of fried chicken. It has been a substitute for the US's traditional turkey, and because metropolitan Japan is so busy, they find KFC as a very convenient dining place. Since then, the tradition never fades out.
7. Mexico 🇲🇽
Mexico is more religious than it seems. A festival which starts from December 16 to 24 is called 'Las Posadas,' wherein they commemorate the Biblical scenes of Jesus Christ's birth. The dress code in this period based on the characters of the cumulative Biblical scenes, and at the last night, piñatas are prepared for the children participating.
8. The Philippines 🇵🇭
Christmas in the Philippines has to be one of the most colorful and meaningful Christmas Eve traditions ever. From Christmas lanterns and decorations to the start of celebration and purchasing seasonal foods like 'puto bumbong' and 'bibingka' and to the novena mass called 'simbang gabi,' the Filipinos celebrate Christmas stylishly and religiously as early as September.
9. Senegal 🇸🇳
Senegal may be a country with more Muslim communities than the Christians, but this doesn't hinder the people in celebrating the season. An interesting fact is that in Senegal Christians and Muslims celebrate each other's traditions together.
Christmas may be celebrated differently from one country to another, but there is no denying that it is one of the best holidays around the world. The common denominator among these different traditions is always the essence of gift-giving. The event has 'Christ' on its word, which means that the season means doing great, positive actions.
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For all Honeygainers community, we wish you a Happy Holidays! 🥳
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