Vibrant Christmas celebration
all around the world!
Christmas is the holy time to celebrate with loved ones. Generally schools, colleges, and universities are closed during this time so people plan for their much awaited trip so that they can be closer to their near and dear ones. Christmas gifts like cake, wine, candles, fig trees, etc. are exchanged among people. But people in different parts of the world celebrate this day as per their own tradition and culture and today we would talk about some of them.
- Australia: Australia or the land of Kangaroos fall in the Southern Hemisphere and therefore, the Christmas holidays of 25th December falls during the summers there. Therefore, people love to celebrate this day outdoors and the most popular event of the Christmas season is called Carols by Candlelight. People come together at night to light candles and sing Christmas carols outside. This would be such a wonderful thing to listen as well as sing the soothing Christmas carols.
- China: The population of Christians in China is really less and they call this festival Sheng Dan Jieh, which means Holy Birth Festival. People decorate their homes with evergreens, posters, and bright paper chains. Families put up a Christmas tree, called a “tree of light,” and decorate it with beautiful lanterns, flowers, and red paper chains that symbolize eternal happiness. And they also cut out red pagodas to paste on the windows.
- England: This is the chilliest time in England and the weather is also foggy there. The day before Christmas is very busy for families in England as they have to wrap presents, bake cookies and cakes, and hang stockings over the fireplace. Maintaining the tradition, everyone gathers around the tree and some old person starts narrating a classic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol.” The kids write a letter to Father Christmas with their wishes and toss their letter into the fire so their wishes can go up the chimney.
- Ethiopia: People here follow the ancient Julian calendar, so Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on January 7. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s celebration of Christ’s birth is called Ganna. On this day when families attend church it is mandatory that everyone has to dress up in white. Most Ethiopians wear their traditional shamma which is a thin, white cotton wrap with brightly colored stripes across the ends. Just twelve days after Ganna, i.e., on January 19, the Ethiopians begin the three-day celebration called Timkat, which commemorates the baptism of Christ.
- France: The French people begin their Christmas on December 5. The Church bells ring and soulful voices sing French carols, called noels. On Christmas Day, families go to church and then enjoy an abundant feast of wonderful dishes.
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