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Christmas Around The World

Published on 12/23/2018
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Christmas Around The World



is the most wonderful time of the year.


Different cultures

celebrate Christmas in different ways.


I found the following fascinating information




The Giant Lantern Festival

(Ligligan Parul Sampernandu)

is held each year

on the Saturday before Christmas Eve.

It is held in the city of San Fernando –

the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines.”


The festival attracts spectators from all over the

country and across the globe.



Since 1966,

a 13-meter-tall Yule Goat

has been built in the center of

Gävle’s Castle Square for the Advent.


This Swedish Christmas tradition

has unwittingly led to another “tradition” of sorts. –
people trying to burn it down.


Since 1966

the Goat has been successfully

burned down 29 times –

the most recent destruction was in 2016.





A beast-like demon creature

that roams city streets

frightening kids and punishing the bad ones.


This is St. Nicholas’ evil accomplice,


In Austrian tradition,

St. Nicholas rewards nice little boys and girls,

while Krampus

is said to capture the naughtiest children

and whisk them away in his sack.





has never been a big deal in Japan.


Aside from a few small, secular traditions

such as gift-giving and light displays,

Christmas remains largely a novelty

in the country.



a new, quirky “tradition”

has emerged in recent years –

a Christmas Day feast of

the Colonel’s very own Kentucky Fried Chicken.




In the 13 days leading up to Christmas,

13 tricksy troll-like characters

come out to play in Iceland.


The Yule Lads

(jólasveinarnir or jólasveinar in Icelandic)

visit the children across the country

over the 13 nights leading up to Christmas.

For each night of Yuletide,

children place their best shoes by the window

and a different Yule Lad

visits leaving gifts for nice girls and boys


rotting potatoes for the naughty ones.





St. Nikolaus

travels by donkey in the middle of the night

on December 6 and leaves little treats

like coins, chocolate, oranges and toys

in the shoes of good children

all over Germany,


particularly in the Bavarian region.




Perhaps one of the most unorthodox

Christmas Eve traditions

can be found

in Norway.


People hide their brooms.


It’s a tradition

that dates back centuries.


People believed

that witches and evil spirits

came out on Christmas Eve

looking for brooms

to ride on.






The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah

is celebrated with much fanfare

across the United States.


Since 1979,

a giant nine-meter Menorah

has been raised on the White House grounds

for the eight days and nights of Hanukkah



In Caracas, Venezuela every Christmas Eve,

the city’s residents head to church

in the early morning

on roller skates.


Roads across the city

are closed to cars

so that people can skate to church in safety,

before heading home

for the less-than-traditional Christmas dinner of


a wrap made out of cornmeal dough

and stuffed with meat,

then steamed.





Little Candles’ Day

(Día de las Velitas)

marks the start of the Christmas season

across Colombia.


In honor of the Virgin Mary

and the Immaculate Conception,

people place candles and paper lanterns

in their windows, balconies and front yards.




In wintry,

wonderful Toronto

the annual Cavalcade of Lights

marks the official start to the holiday season.


The first Cavalcade took place in 1967

to show off Toronto’s newly constructed

City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square.


The Square and Christmas tree are illuminated

by more than 300,000 energy-efficient LED lights

that shine from dusk through to 11 pm

each night until the New Year.




I wish for everyone a happy and safe

Christmas festive season.


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