15 Photos That Show How Christmas Is Celebrated Around The World
Christmas is a beloved festival that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and is celebrated across the globe on the 25th of December. But, there are certain places that celebrate the festival a bit differently. Most people do the usual Christmas tree, cakes, and even Santa but with their own twist on it.
Today, we’ve gathered 15 incredible images of how countries and places across the gold celebrate this wonderful festival in their own way. Each of them have their own traditions and unique charm that they attach to the festival to give it a unique look.
Greece is very traditional and primarily a Greek Orthodox nation. Here people attend midnight church services like the rest of the world and also partake in fast during the holidays. They are also known for sprinkling holy water to ward off the “kallikantzaroi” which is an evil spirit. They are also known for Saint Basil which is their version of Santa Claus.
Ukraine is another Orthodox country that uses the Julian calendar for their church festivals. This means that the celebrations are celebrated on January 7th which is far from the usual December 25th. Here the tradition dictates that dinner is only eaten after the first star in the sky is spotted.
Here tradition dictates that people open their gifts on January 6th. The people here celebrate the festival with much warmth and joy. They part take in enjoying a seafood feast which includes shellfish, lobster, crabs, etc. This is mostly consumed on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day. The celebrations are a great sight to see.
4In the Philippines
Believe it or not but Christmas here is not celebrated for just a day or just a week. Here the festival is celebrated for five whole months. Yes, the festival of giving is celebrated from September to the first Sunday in January. They decorate their homes with paper lanterns called “parols”. Family meals here are had on Christmas Eve or as they call it ‘Noche Buena’.
Like every other part of the world here in Poland the festival is celebrated with the exchange of gifts, beautiful lights, family meals, and church service. What many people do not know is that there is a Christmas tradition here where people watch ‘Home Alone’. Another tradition is that carp is the main dish for the family meal and it is to be bought and kept alive in the bathtub for a few days before Christmas.