Christmas is around the corner now and many people feel that it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But why is it so?
More than 1.5 billion people in the world celebrate Christmas every year on 25th of December. Whether it’s leaving some treats out for Santa and his reindeer or simply decorating the tree, or enjoying the special Rum & Raisin Christmas cake with your family and loved ones. Christmas time is full of family traditions.
But just how do people celebrate Christmas in other countries around the globe? So to know more about it I have put together an amusing and informative guide to some of the unique ways in which other nationalities celebrate this festival.
Tradition: Gifts on a Broomstick
A good witch called La Befana delivers children’s presents on January 6th using a broomstick rather than a sleigh. But if you’ve been bad – expect lumps of coal.
Tradition: Holding parents captive
Presents here are not given on the Christmas day, but on the Sundays before. Two Sundays before 25 December, the children tie up their mother. She then has to pay a ransom in the form of presents to be freed. The following Sunday the same happens with the father also.
Tradition: No cakes but Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) for dinner Many people in Japan prefer KFC as the traditional Christmas dinner. It is so popular and well marketed that you need to make reservations in a KFC outlet as early as a month before the festival.
Tradition: A Mango Christmas tree
Instead of having traditional Christmas Trees, a banana or mango tree is decorated (or whatever tree people can find to decorate!). Sometimes people use mango leaves to decorate their homes. In Southern India, Christians often put small oil burning clay lamps on the flat roofs of their homes to show their neighbors that Jesus is the light of the world.
Tradition: Basil and burning shoes
A holy cross with basil wrapped around it is used to sprinkle holy water around the house to ward off mischief and bad luck. It’s also traditional to burn old shoes for good luck in the following year.
Tradition: John Canoe parade
Christmas time is marked by the ‘John Canoe’ parade, which dates back to the times of slavery, where people dress up in wacky masks and costumes. Curried goat is often on the menu for Christmas dinner
So these are some of the world’s most unique ways of celebrating 25th of December. The Birthday of Lord Jesus Christ.
On behalf of the whole Hosteller team. I wish you a Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring in lot of happiness and joy in your and your loved one’s lives.
And yes do visit The Hosteller to have a conversation over Coffee and Cake and celebrate Christmas together.
– Rusin Mishra