The Christmas period is usually a time for families and friends to come together to spend some much needed, or maybe not so much, quality time with each other! It is an opportunity to reflect upon the previous months and begin looking at exciting possibilities for the coming year.
Each family has their own traditions for the holiday period and we’ve loved learning about them! Take a look at some Christmas holiday traditions from around the world…
Christmas is normally celebrated on January 7th. Some families fast on Christmas Eve until the first star has appeared in the sky. People then eat ‘sochivo’ or ‘kutia’, a porridge made from wheat or rice served with honey, poppy seeds, fruit (especially berries and dried fruit like raisins), chopped walnuts or sometimes even fruit jellies!
Christmas is more of a time to spread happiness rather than a religious celebration and Christmas Eve is often celebrated more than Christmas Day itself.
Fried chicken is often eaten on Christmas day, the most popular choice is KFC.
As Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, schools and businesses are normally open on December 25th.
Christmas is quite a small festival in India. Instead of having a traditional Christmas Tree, a banana or mango tree is decorated.
From December 12th to the 23rd, Icelandic children leave a shoe on their windowsill. While they sleep each night, 13 magical Yule Lads climb down from the mountains to leave gifts in the shoes of well-behaved children. Children who misbehave end up with a potato instead!