Typically, we’d think that Christmas is mostly just about setting up a Christmas tree, by the fireplace, creating a gift list, preparing a delicious roasted duck, and projecting snowflake white laser lights while a few kids sing outside our doorstep. Perhaps, this sounds like a typical American Christmas but for other countries, they celebrate Christmas differently. Now, we’re not going to discuss each country’s uniqueness in celebrating the holiday season; we narrowed it down for you.
Without further ado, here are some of the most interesting Christmas revelations and celebrations all over the world.
You might have never heard of this before unless of course you are Finnish; in Finland, visiting the sauna for Christmas Eve is quite a common scene. Aside from that, it’s also common for Finnish families to pay a visit to their loved ones who passed away; yes, they visit graveyard sites and cemeteries for the holiday.
Perhaps, one of the scariest yet most exciting Christmas celebration is Austria’s. You might confuse Austria’s Christmas with Halloween as in this country, young men dress up as Krampus, a beast-like demon creature that roams the city to ‘capture’ naughty kids. So, if you thought you’ll only see Krampus in movie or home theaters, try visiting Austria for the holiday season and you might bump into one as you roam around the streets.
One of the most interesting ways to celebrate Christmas is how Ukraine does it. In Ukraine, Christmas does not just mean any type of meals, you’ll actually have a twelve-course meal. Moreover, the only way for you start the feast is by having the youngest child watch over the window and wait for the emergence of the first evening star. The first evening star is a sign that you can start feasting.
Uniquely, in the Southern part of France, families are known to burn logs in their homes as they celebrate Christmas Eve up until New Year’s Day. They have a belief that doing so would ensure great luck for the next year’s harvest.
As opposed to the common scene of snow and Christmas sweaters, Australia’s Christmas falls on its summer season. And so, going to the beach to for Christmas under Australian heat is a common way to celebrate the occasion.
Central America celebrates Christmas by showcasing the events of the birth of Jesus. Thus, they have lots and lots of displays of manger scenes found in malls as well as homes.
In the Philippines, it’s common to have large lantern parades before the Christmas Eve. These aren’t just your typical lanterns which you can hang at home, these lanterns may reach 20 feet or more. This event usually draws spectators from all over the world.
North Korea (DPRK)
Although being Christian is allowed in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), you can still be imprisoned or killed for being Christian in this country. Hence, Christmas celebration in North Korea often has to be done in secret.