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10 Amazing Christmas Traditions Around the World

10 Amazing Christmas Traditions Around the World

As we embark on festivities, let us witness how various people, cultures, and nations around the world celebrate Christmas.

1. Yule Goat, Sweden

Yule Goat, Sweden

The Yule goat sparked out of a young man’s creative marketing plan to use the iconic Swedish Yule Goat to attract customers to shops and restaurants by placing it in Castle Square. It takes a whole truck of straw from the village of Mackmyra to make the goat every hear as millions flock on Christmas eve to witness it. [1]

2. Ligligan Parul, Philipinnes

 Ligligan Parul, Philipinnes

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino Christmas symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The Christmas lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for. [2]

3. 13 Days of Christmas, Iceland

13 Days of Christmas, Iceland

Each night before Christmas, Icelandic children are visited by the 13 Yule Lads. After placing their shoes by the window, the little ones will head upstairs to bed. In the morning, they’ll either have received candy (if they’re good) or be greeted with shoes full of rotten potatoes if they’re bad.[3]

4. Almond Search, Finland

Almond Search, Finland

On Christmas morning, Finish families eat a porridge made of rice and milk crafted with cinnamon, butter and milk. Whoever finds the hidden almond placed inside one of the puddings “wins”—but some families hide a good amount of almonds so the kids don’t get upset! [4]

5.Pohutukawa, New Zealand

Pohutukawa, New Zealand

While roasting under the summer glaze during Christmastime, the Kiwis’ traditions center around a barbie, or grill, where families and friends gather for a casual cookout of fresh seafood, meat, and seasonal vegetables. The New Zealand Christmas tree is the Pohutukawa, a coastal species that blooms a bright-red color in December, providing shade during the sunny days as they sing carols. [5]

6. Jug Jug, Barbados

Jug Jug, Barbados

A Christmas table in Barbados isn’t complete without a baked ham decorated with pineapple and sorrel glazes, a rum cake, and Jug Jug, Scottish a dish combining pigeon peas, guinea corn flour, herbs, and salt meat. [6]

7. St Nicholas Festival, Austria

St Nicholas Festival, Austria

Austria has a legend that a devil-like creature called Krampus joins their St. Nicholas festivities. Children are asked for a list of their good and bad deeds: good children are rewarded with sweets, apples, and nuts, and bad children worry what Krampus might bring on Christmas morning. [7]

Read more about the St Nicholas Festival in our article on 5 Creepy Festivals Around the World

8. Braai, South Africa

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Families come together for a cookout, called braai on the holiday. Marinated steaks and sausages serve as the main course and a customary dessert of malva pudding served with custard. Traditional fir Christmas trees are decorated with a variety of baubles included hand-beaded African ornaments. [8]

9. Pastorelas, Mexico

Pastorelas, Mexico

Members of the Church put on Pastorelas (Shepherd’s Plays) to retell the Christmas story. The festivities begin with Las Posadas, a religious march that re-enacts the journey of Mary and Joseph. The vibrant red poinsettia flowers are also used in holiday arrangements for decoration throughout the country. [9]

10. Volcanitos and Estrellitas, El Salvador

Volcanitos and Estrellitas, El Salvador

El Salvador toasts Christmas with fireworks displays on and children celebrate with smaller firecrackers called volcancitos (little volcanos) and estrellitas (little stars) while teenagers use Roman candles. [10]

References:

  1. Visit The Gavle Goat
    https://www.visitgavle.se/en/about-gavle-goat
  2. City of San Fernando Guide
    https://cityofsanfernando.gov.ph/forvisitors/giantlanternfestival
  3. Christmas in Iceland
    https://www.iceland.is/the-big-picture/news/celebrating-christmas-with-13-trolls/7916/
  4. Christmas Charm – University of Helsinki
    https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/language-culture/a-lucky-charm-for-your-christmas-feast
  5. 6 Facts about Pohutukawa
    https://www.nznatureguy.com/2019/01/15/6-pohutukawa-facts-new-zealands-christmas-tree/
  6. Jug Jug Recipe
    https://barbados.org/barbados-recipes-jug-jug.htm#:~:text=Jug%20jug%20is%20a%20tasty,to%20Barbados%20in%20the%201600’s.
  7. Lorraine Tourism
    http://www.tourism-lorraine.com/inspiration/saint-nicholas-experience-the-festival-in-lorraine/
  8. Facts about Braai
    https://bbqboy.net/things-you-must-know-about-south-african-braai/#:~:text=What%20Is%20Braai%3F,purists%20won’t%20be%20impressed.
  9. Mexico: An Insider’s Life
    https://www.inside-mexico.com/las-pastorelas-a-centuries-old-christmas-tradition/
  10. Volcanitos and Estrellitas
    https://listado.mercadolibre.com.ar/otras-categorias/volcanes-fuegos-artificiales

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

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A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

A frame made out of bamboo and lightened with over 5000 light bulbs for Christmas and the iconic Pilipino symbol – colorful, crafted with love and aglow with the spirit of the season. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.. The lantern or Parul Sampernandu in Kapampangan can never be distanced from the town which created it, the City of San Fernando. It is what San Fernando is known for.

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