Christmas Customs Around the World - Did you know?
Traditions Around the World
it is traditional to see mince pies and a bottle of Guiness out as a snack for
Portugal, Greece and Italy they set a model of Bethlehem under the Christmas
In Czech Republic
single women perform an unusual ritual on Christmas Eve Day, to find out if
they will get married the next year. They
sit in front of the main door of the house with their back facing it and they
throw a shoe over their shoulder. If the heel is towards the door it means they
will find someone this year and they will leave the house. Otherwise they will
In Guatemala,there is a heavy smell of garbage and dirt on the morning of december 7. people there clean their homes and make a pile of garbage on crossroads and make a devil statue above it and then burn it as it is believed that devil lives in the dirt of our homes,so this is done because of this myth.
Venezuela, on Christmas Eve morning, the roads are closed for cars so people
can roller skate to the Mass.
Netherlands, people celebrate the holiday on December 6th, awaiting for the
arrival of Sinterklaas and his sidekick, Black Pete, who leave candies and
gifts for the little girls and boys who filled their shoes with sweets for
too, they celebrate on December 6th the Nikolaustag (St. Claus Day). Children
leave their shoes or boots outside the door of their houses to find it next
morning filled with sweets. Also, they believe that it is the Christkind is
theone who brings the gifts to children and not Santa Claus, whereas in Spain
they believe it is the Wise Men, in Hungary it is Mikulás and in Italy they
believe it is an old lady called Befana.
Zealand a tree called the 'Pohutakawa' that has red flowers is sometimes used as
the christmas tree and in India, Banana or Mango trees are sometimes decorated.
Australia, Christmas comes in the towards the beginning of the summer holidays!
Children have their summer holidays from mid December to early February, so
some people might even be camping at Christmas. Australians also decorate their
houses with bunches of 'Christmas Bush', a native Australian tree with small
green leaves and cream coloured flowers.
is not a national holiday in Japan, so schools and businesses are normally open
on December 25th. Fried chicken is often eaten on Christmas day. It is the
busiest time of year for restaurants such as KFC and people can place orders at
their local fast food restaurant in advance!
the Philippines like to celebrate Christmas for as long as possible! The
playing of Christmas carols in shops can start in September! The formal
Christmas celebrations start on 16th December when many people go the the first
of nine pre-dawn or early morning masses which are called ‘Misa de Gallo'.
One of the
most important ways of celebrating Christmas in Italy is the Nativity crib
scene. A lot of Italian families have a Nativity crib in their homes. Cribs are
traditionally put out on the 8th December. But the figure of the baby Jesus
isn't put into the crib until the evening/night of December 24th!
and important that many Swedes do on Christmas Eve afternoon is to watch Donald
Duck! Every year, since 1959, at 3.00pm on Christmas Eve, the TV station TV1
shows the Disney special "From All of Us to All of You" or in Swedish
it's "Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul" meaning "Donald
Duck and his friends wish you a Merry Christmas." About 40 to 50% of the
Swedish population stop to watch it!