Surprising Christmas traditions around the world
By Aimee Heckel
Wreaths, sparkling lights, bells, angels and — red paper pagodas?
That’s one of the Christmas traditions in China, among the people there who celebrate the Christian holiday.
If you find yourself traveling this time of year, you might be surprised by the interesting and fun Christmas traditions you will find around the world. Here are a few that surprised us.
People in Ethiopia celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, in line with the ancient Julian calendar. And instead of red and green, the traditional Christmas color is white, especially for attire.
Dec. 25 in Pakistan is a holiday — but not for Christ. It’s in memory of the founder of Pakistan.
Common Christmas objects in Spain include musical instruments: mini guitars, tambourines and rattles.
In Ukraine, it’s common to decorate your tree with cobwebs and fake spiders, instead of shiny balls and strings of light. Sort of a Christmas-Halloween hybrid?
In Holland, on St. Nicholas Eve, families typically celebrate with a cake shaped like the first letter of their last name.
KFC is a popular meal of choice in Japan on Christmas — proof that a marketing campaign really can shape a country’s customs. Not that we’re surprised, ahem, Hallmark.
Instead of decorating an evergreen tree, Christians in India often decorate banana trees or mango trees.
Although not many Indians celebrate Christmas, if you’re in India and looking for the biggest celebrations, head to Bombay, where you can find a contingency of Roman Catholics. The Archdiocese of Bombay even offers a special Christmas message online.
If you want to see a bigger religious festival, the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, is in October to November.
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