It’s the most delightful time of the year, Christmas is coming! For several weeks every year, the world takes on a magic glow, winter somehow feels cosy and even people seem merrier than ever. Whether you are celebrating Christmas or a more secular occasion, you are bound to have your own variety of customs or rituals that make the holiday season so special. Christmas traditions around the world guarantee oodles of festive fun. Oh… the happy days! Ho Ho Ho!
Let’s take a gander at how few countries celebrate Christmas around the globe:
Giant Lantern Festival, Philippines
This outstanding festival is held each year on the Saturday before Christmas Eve. It is celebrated in the city of San Fernando – the ‘’Christmas Capital of the Philippines’’. Eleven villages take part in the festival and competition is amazing, as everyone pitches in trying to create the most sumptuous lantern. Initially, the lanterns were made from ‘papel de hapon’ and lit by a candle. Nowadays, these are made from an assortment of materials and have grown to around six metres in size. They are brightened by electric bulbs that scintillate in a mixture of patterns.
Kentucky Fried Christmas Dinner, Japan
In Japan, Christmas has never been a big deal. Apart from some secular traditions such as light displays and gift-giving, Christmas remains mostly a novelty in the country. Nevertheless, an eccentric ‘’tradition’’ has emerged during the last years – a Christmas Day buffet of the Colonel’s very own Kentucky Fried Chicken. Even if you don’t understand Japanese in the festive menu, the pictures will definitely look appetising with everything from a Christmas-themed standard bucket to a first-class roast-bird banquet.
Day of the Little Candles, Colombia
Little Candles’ Day marks the start of the Christmas season around Colombia. People place paper lanterns and candles in their windows, front yards and balconies in honour of the Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception. Today, the tradition of candles has grown. The entire towns across the country are lit up with extravagant displays. Some of the finest are located in Quimbaya, where neighbourhoods participate to see who can form the most remarkable arrangement.
Cavalcade of Lights, Toronto
The annual Cavalcade of Lights in Toronto marks the official start to the holiday season. In 1967, the first Cavalcade took place to show off Toronto’s recently built City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. The Christmas trees are well-lit by more than 250,000 energy-efficient LED lights that sparkle from dusk until 11 pm till the New Year. In addition, you get to rejoice in magnificent fireworks shows and involve in some outdoor ice skating. Mesmerising, isn’t it?
In this beautiful country, it is a tradition in the weeks up to Christmas to take part in Christmas picnics prearranged by numerous churches and sing Christmas carols on the beach. Since Australia is situated on the southern hemisphere, Christmas is in the summertime. Hence, friends and family often gather at the beach during Christmas time.
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