10 Fun Christmas Traditions Around the World

Date:14-11-2013 11:40:21 read:8

Christmas brings cheer to almost all parts of the world. Here is a sneak peak at how people around the world celebrate Christmas and the unique traditions and customs that they follow.

1. Paper crowns and Christmas

It is interesting to note that while eating their Christmas dinner, the British wear paper crowns on their heads. Moreover, these crowns are kept in a tube which is known as a “Christmas cracker.”

2. Spider webs on Christmas trees

You will be surprised to know that in Poland, spiders or spider webs are often used for decorating the Christmas trees. There is also a legend that once a spider wove a blanket to cover Baby Jesus. Furthermore, for the Polish people, spiders are considered as the symbols of prosperity and goodness at Christmas.

3. The traditional Christmas dinner

Here is a fun fact about the Christmas dinner tradition. Long before turkey became a Christmas meal favorite, people in England used to eat a pig’s head and mustard as part of the traditional dinner.

4. The “Urn of Fate”

For many Italian households, the “Urn of Fate” (an ornamental bowl) forms an important part of Christmas festivities. They bring it out on Christmas Eve. Also, the urn carries wrapped presents for all the members of the family. The whole family gathers around and each member takes turns at drawing a gift from the urn.

5. Christmas cheer for the workers

As part of the legal system, workers in Italy, Greece, Germany, and Spain get one month’s salary as part of the Christmas bonus.

6. Roosters and Christmas

On Christmas eve, the Bolivians celebrate Misa del Gallo or “Mass of the Rooster”. Many Bolivians believe that a rooster was the first animal to announce Jesus’ birth. So, as part of the celebration, people bring roosters to the midnight mass.

7. Listening to the animals on Christmas Eve

Many people in Germany consider Heiligabend (Christmas Eve) to be a magical time. They believe that on that day, those who have a pure heart can hear the animals talking.

8. Christmas in January

As per the old Julian calendar, the Greeks have Christmas celebrations on January 7. Also, the Christmas gifts are revealed on New Year’s Day!

9. Christmas traditions in Czech Republic

The Christmas celebrations here last for an entire month! There are a number of customs associated with the Xmas dinner. The nine-course meal includes eggs, fish soup, and carp. Also, they believe that the total number of people seated at the table should be even. If this is not followed, the person without a partner will die next year. Not just that, everyone must get up from the table at the same time as the person leaving first would also be the first one to die next year.

10. Julbukk and Christmas decorations

A Julbukk is a small figurine of a goat made out of straw. In Sweden, it is a common Christmas decoration. Also, the Scandinavian Christmas festivities have a number of straw decorations like angels, stars, angels, hearts, and also the Julbukk.

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