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It’s Christmas Time!

Posted by Kokolicious on December 25th, 2009

"Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh                                                                            
Jingle bells, jingle bells            
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh."

It is one of the most popular songs in the world and it is time that it is being sung all over the world. Yes, it is Christmas time and the world has burst into festivity. It is the festival to mark the birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ in 4th century B.C. Lets have a look at how it is  celebrated.

Christmas Celebrations Around the World

AFRICA : In South Africa Christmas is celebrated in December. People go to the beaches and mountains where they eat Christmas Feasts, play games,sing, dance and have parades. In Ethiopia Christmas is observed on January 7, recognized as Three Kings’ Day. In Ghana the celebration is similar to the American and British. Flowers and palm branches are used as Christmas motifs in homes and places of worship.
ANTARCTICA : Although few people can survive the cold climate of the continent that surrounds the South Pole, many animals and birds that live near the coldest climate on Earth can be found on greeting cards, Christmas ornaments, and other items bearing Seasonal motifs.
ARMENIA : In Armenia lighted candles are used to celebrate Christmas. Gifts are exchanged between children, and apples with coins stuck in them are exchanged during the season. Another tradition is the climb to the roof of a neighbors house, lower a basket, which is filled with candy and homemade gifts.
CHINA : Christians celebrate Christmas the same as other countries with traditional shopping, cooking, and exchanging gifts. Homes are decorated with paper chains, flowers, and lanterns. Children hang stockings to be filled by "Christmas Old Man," i.e. Santa is called Dun Che Lao Ren.
IRAN : The Wise Men, Magi, were from this area of the world and the Three Kings’ Day is celebrated on January 7th to honor the birth of Christ.Christmas is called "The Little Feast." Children do not exchange presents but wear new clothes for the celebration held on December 25.
IRAQ : Christians in Iraq commemorate the Christmas season through the reading of birth of Christ and attending religious services. After the religious service a member of the congregation is touched by a religious official who in turn touches the one next to him and so on until everyone has received the "touch of peace." Bonfires are also built during this time, and when the bonfire dies down, everyone jumps into the ashes and makes a Christmas wish.
JAPAN : Tangerines and fortune cookies decorate homes and trees. Besides Christmas, which is celebrated by Christians in Japan, the Japanese New Year "Kumade" is another exciting holiday which begins in mid-November and continues through December to the New Year.
PHILIPPINES : In the Philippines the celebration of Christmas begins on the 16th of December and ends on January 6, to commemorate the arrival of the Three Kings or Adoration of the Magi. Colored lights decorate doorways and windows, and the "parol" or Christmas Star is a primary motif, sometimes created by entire communities.
AUSTRALIA : Australians celebrate Christmas in midsummer. A favorite tradition among Australians is singing traditional carols while holding a lighted candle.
AUSTRIA : Trees with candles rather than artifical lights are a strong tradition in Austria.
RUSSIA : Popular gifts among Russian children are Nesting dolls. Ornate, and beautiful eggs are used to decorate, and Russian Madonna and ChildIcon paintings are some of the most expressive in the world.
PUERTO RICO : Puerto Ricans celebrate "Felices Pascuas" where families and friends gather to share festive meals of arroz con pollo, rice and chicken, and roasted pig. On January 5, the eve of Three Kings’Day, children leave boxes under their bed sfor the kings to fill the gifts. The boxes are filled with grass with cups of water for the camels to eat and drink.
MEXICO : In Mexico, Navidad begins with a nine day custom called posadas or "lodging" which symbolizes the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem and their search for shelter. Pinatas are a part of the celebrations and gifts are given on January 6. Children write letters to the Magi telling of their good deeds and gifts they would like.
BOLIVA : Christmas celebrations begin on December 1 in Bolivia. Nativity scenes are displayed with pastoras, flowers similar to Poinsettias. Celebrations activities include religious services and gifts placed quietly around sleeeping children.
BRAZIL : There are no Christmas trees but an old Brazilian legend says that even the animals talk to each other about the birth of Christ on this one of the most Holy of Nights.
ECUADOR : In Ecuador, Christmas and New Year’s are celebrated as one. Firecrackers, noisemakers, bands, and dancing in the streets are traditional customs prior to a midnight religious service and holiday dinner.

Now that you know how Christmas is celebrated round the world, you see how you are going to celebrate.

Merry Christmas!

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One Response to “It’s Christmas Time!”

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