Christmas is undoubtedly the most magical time of the year; it’s caressed with love, vibrant with colours, pretty with lights, joyous with gifts of all sorts, delicious with cookies and treats; Christmas is all about celebrating the truest spirit of togetherness. There are different traditions all over the world to celebrate this festival and some of them stand out due to their quirky nature. So, you may ask – How Do People Celebrate Christmas Around the World?
KFC Feast in Japan
Christmas may not be the biggest festival in Japan but it is one of the scrumptious ones for sure. This tradition may be new but it’s quirky. Christmas is a day-long celebration or feast I must say of the Colonel’s very famous and very own Kentucky Fried Chicken. Everything in KFC is Christmas themed, from the buckets to the premium roast-bird feast. Now that’s what we call “Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner”
Hide Your Broom in Norway
Odd? Yes! Unorthodox? Yes! Weird? For sure. This tradition in Norway makes very little sense but makes up for all the fun. People hide their brooms on Christmas Eve because they believe that the evil spirits and witches come out to look for brooms to ride on but how can they if there’s none to be found?
Día de las Velitas in Colombia
Día de las Velitas also known as the Little Candles’ Day is the first day of the holiday season in Colombia. In honour of the Virgin Mary, people light up candles and paper lanterns in their balconies, front yards, even windows! Just like our Diwali celebrations, eh?
Light Show in Toronto
It’s extra bright during Christmas in Toronto; Cavalcade of Lights marks the festive/holiday season in Toronto, Canada. The city hall is illuminated by more than 300,000 energy-efficient LED lights that stay lit from dusk to 11 PM until New Year!
Rollerblading in Venezuela
Caracas, Venezuela has a very active tradition for Christmas. People skate across the street to get to the church. Roads are closed for cars this day. Once the Church ceremony is over, people head home to have a very non-traditional Christmas meal of Hot Tamales.
It’s Not Halloween, It’s Krampus in Austria
In Austrian tradition, St. Nicholas is said to reward the good boys and girls and his evil accomplice Krampus punishes the naughty boys and girls. So it’s normal to see a beast-like demon creature roaming around the city at night to scare the naughty crowd away! Christmas is not that magical in Austria, eh?
Ligligan Parul Sampernandu in the Philippines
The Giant Lantern Festival is a tradition in the Philippines that is celebrated each year on Saturday before Christmas Eve in the city of San Fernando. Eleven villages take part in this festival and the competition gets pretty tough; everyone wants to build the most decorative and elaborate lantern. They’re often illuminated with LED lights that sparkle and create kaleidoscopic patterns.
This was a fun read on different Christmas traditions across the globe, but we’ve got more! Keep up with the Christmas trends, read our blog on 2020’s Best Christmas Home Decor Trends