October 21, 2013
12 Christmas Traditions from around the world
Already counting down to Christmas arrival, right? We also can’t wait for it.
Are you aware all the different traditions that we can find all over the world regarding Christmas celebration? People from each country have their own traditions in Christmas Eve or in Christmas day despite the usual similarities. As a result, today we present to you twelve different traditions from different countries.
In Australia, Santa Claus pulls up on a surf board. It’s summer down under on Christmas Day. Temperatures in December are between 68 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
In Austria, young men dress up as the Krampus and roam the streets to frighten children.
In the Czech Republic, women submerge a branch of a cherry tree under water. If it blooms they will marry the next year.
In Denmark, families leave Nisse, a devilish elf, a bowl of rice pudding or porridge so he is nice to them.
Estonians still follow the age-old tradition of visiting the local sauna for a bath on Christmas Eve.
In Finland, tradition calls for families to stop by the cemetery to pay their respects.
In France, children put their shoes by the fireplace and Père Noel fills them with presents.
In Iceland, the 13 Yule Lads replace the traditional Santa Claus.
In India, those who celebrate Christmas decorate banana or mango trees.
In Oaxaca, Mexico, natives break plates to signify the year coming to a close.
In Norway, families hide all of the brooms on Christmas Eve to stop the witches from playing mischievous tricks.
In Caracas, Venezuela, the roads close on Christmas, so people roller skate to the church.