There are lots of interesting Christmas traditions from around the world. Let’s explore together!
Kentucky Fried Chicken Christmas Dinner – Japan
In recent years, the Japanese started a tradition of tucking into a KFC on Christmas Day. There’s a specific menu available, and orders can be placed in advance. It’s thought that this began following a KFC campaign called “Kentucky for Christmas.”
Given that Christmas isn’t held in such high regard as it is here, a fast food dinner doesn’t seem all that unusual.
As a kid, I was a very fussy eater, and my usual Christmas dinner was cheese sandwiches. So, I can’t say I’m completely against this idea. I’ve come to love the traditional turkey and all that goes with it, but I think it would be fun to do this one year!
Donating A Christmas Tree – Norway
Each year, Norway gives a large Christmas tree to the UK. This is as a symbol of gratitude for the help they were given during World War II. It takes pride of place in London’s Trafalgar Square, and thousands of people flood to see the lights come on.
Though this is perhaps a more well known tradition than others, it’s a charming gesture.
Celebrating Christmas In January – Egypt
In Egypt, Christmas doesn’t fall on December 25th as we know it to. Instead, their festivities take place on the 7th of January. This is because many Christians in Egypt belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church.
Starting on 25th November, some people partake in “The Holy Nativity Fast.” This is essentially a vegan diet. They avoid anything which comes from animals, such as beef and eggs. This lasts 43 days and ends on the 6th of January.
The Grand Market – Jamaica
This is another name for Christmas Eve in Jamaica. Throughout the day, Jamaicans shop for things like food, toys and clothes. Then, at around 6pm, things shift into more of a festival atmosphere. Celebrations take place throughout the night, with many places decorated with Christmas lights. Usually, there are street vendors selling jerk chicken and sweets.
Depending on their preference, some may choose to attend a midnight service. Others opt to party right through the night.
Unusual Nativity Scenes – Mexico
Nativity scenes are a popular tradition in Mexico. In some cases, the figures are life size, and a whole room can be dedicated to the scene!
However, they don’t start and end with the traditional figures. Mexicans put their own twist on it by bringing in things like women making tortillas, and exotic animals like flamingos. These are available at markets all across the country.
13th Salary – Brazil
It’s not unusual for the inhabitants of Brazil to receive double pay in the month of December. The thinking behind it is that it will boost the economy during the festive period. It began decades ago, and has been an ongoing tradition since.
Who else likes the sound of this one?