Christmas Around the World
Christmas around the world is celebrated in different ways by different countries. Customs differ around the world for observing Christmas, but they all center on celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Thus, all around the world, people have taken the celebration of the birth of Jesus and made a Christmas that fits with the culture of their own country.
Christmas is a happy, festive time filled with great spiritual significance. Caroling, feasting, and gift giving along with the prayers and wishes - the Christmas is celebrated with high spirits all over the world. Though the mode of celebration, the dates and the traditions vary, the main spirit remains the same everywhere. It is interesting to see how different countries celebrate Christmas. Here, one can have a glimpse over the different ways Christmas is celebrated in different countries.
Christmas in America
In America, their is a huge variety of cultures and nationalities, and
an 'ideal' Christmas tradition
which seems to be accepted by many is a
family time with a great deal of travel happening over the holidays.
Christmas in Europe
In Europe, Christmas is all in all a family affair. On this day, all
family members spend time in baking cookies, making fudge and preparing
a big Christmas dinner, with all the trimmings.
Christmas in Russia
In Russia, the nature of the Christmas celebration has undergone many
changes. The grand celebration was observed for many centuries, but
after the communist revolution, the celebration of the feast was
suppressed, only to return after the fall of Communism.
Christmas in Africa
In Africa Christmas is a summer holiday. There is no snow, but it has
many flowers, many beautiful varieties of cultivated and wild flowers.
Singing Carols is the most important activity by people celebrating
Christmas in East
In East Asia, Christmas is not that a grand occasion like Europe and
America, but this festive season is celebrated in their own unique way
that is highly influenced by local cultures.
In South America, Christmas is celebrated in a deeply religious way.
The different countries of South America observe this day in their
Australians also sing carols by candlelight and decorate their homes
with flowers and other plants. Generally, Christmas is celebrated along
traditional lines and families often travel great distances to be
Christmas in India
In India, apart from the traditional aspects of Christmas, their is
also influence of local tradition with the elephants, umbrellas and
traditional music as accessories to their festivities and celebrations.
Christmas in Canada
Christmas in Canada is all about having some time together, with family and friends. It is a day off in Canada on December 25.
Christmas in New Zealand
Christmas Day in New Zealand is a day off or Christian holiday for many people on December 25.This is a statutory public holiday in New Zealand, so government offices, schools, and many private businesses are closed.
Christmas in Denmark
Christmas in Denmark is full of exciting traditions like Advent wreath, the calendar candle, Christmas seal, lights, dance, and of course presents. The Christmas Eve i.e. 24th of December is an ecstatic eve with presents, dinner gatherings, and merry-making time with family and friends.
Christmas in Greece
Christmas in Greece is celebrated on 25th December. Greece has its own Santa Claus that is called as Saint Vasilis. This Greek Santa Claus visits the home of children and offers them small gifts.
Christmas in Scotland
This festival was not traditionally celebrated in Scotland and its customs were in disfavor as it was banned for 400 years. Now Christmas is celebrated on 25th December in Scotland.