Christmas, the birth of Jesus, is one of the most anticipated days of the world. People wait throughout the year to set up a Christmas tree. Kids and people love to make cookies for Santa Claus and to open the presents given to them by Santa. Even though the meaning and essence of Christmas is the same all over the world, people still have their own traditions to celebrate the special day. Different people from different countries of the world celebrate Christmas in some special way. As Christmas is just round the corner, we will tell you some of the traditions that people all over the world follow on Christmas day. Read them all and try to include all or at least one of them in this year’s Christmas celebrations. So let’s start:
Giant Lantern Festival, Philippines
On Saturday, before Christmas Eve, the city of San Francisco in the Philippines celebrates the giant lantern festival. The festival attracts millions of people from all over the world. More than eleven villages from the surrounding areas participate in the event. The villagers make lanterns on their own and bring them to the event. The lanterns are made from different materials and in different sizes. Fire or electric bulbs are used to lighten the lantern. The lanterns are released at the same time and the sky looks extremely pretty. This festival or traditions mark a start to the Christmas celebrations.
In Krampus, Austria a strange tradition is followed. People dress themselves as Krampus and scare children. Krampus is believed to catch naught kids and take them away with himself. On the other hand people known as St. Nicholas are believed to reward nice little good boys and girls. People dressed as Krampus start to roam the streets since the beginning of the month. This tradition does give some Christmas vibes but people of Austria really love and enjoy celebrating this tradition. Clattering chains and bells are used to acre little kids.
Kentucky Fried Christmas Dinner, Japan
People from Japan have a tradition to have KFC for Christmas dinner. It began in 1974, the company used a very innovative marketing technique. The company published an add, in which it showed the Christmas menu. The add and meal was loved by the people of Japan. The slogan Kentucky for Christmas attracted a lot of people and the Japanese made a tradition of following the slogan. Every year on Christmas the rush of people is seen on all the branches of KFC in Japan. So, even if you are not from Japan make sure to visit KFC this Christmas. KFC even introduces its Christmas themed feast that is tasty and affordable.
The Yule Lads, Iceland
There is a very fun and lovely tradition in Iceland. In this tradition 13 tricky troll-like characters come to play in ice land. These trolls visit children across the country for 13 days until Christmas. The kids place their best shoe near the window and they believe that trolls will come and will leave a present for them. Parents advise their kids to behave well and trolls will only leave gifts for the nice kids. The naught kids get rotten potatoes as a gift from the trolls. Kids in Iceland stay awake all night to catch the trolls, but trolls are very shy so they visit only when the kids are asleep.
The Broom Tradition, Norway
In Norway, people hide all their brooms near Christmas. It is a centuries old tradition that is still followed by most of the people in Norway. People believe that the wicked spirits and the witches search for the brooms to travel on the Christmas days. People from Norway hide their brooms, so that no evil spell comes near them throughout the year.