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Lifestyle

Christmas traditions from around the world!

By Skaur 02 Dec 2017

Let's take a look at how Christmas is celebrated around the World...

Australia
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In Australia, Christmas takes place at the beginning of the summer holidays! Children have their summer holidays from mid-December to early February.

Australians hang wreaths on their front doors and sometimes go out Christmas carol singing on Christmas Eve. People also decorate their houses and gardens with Christmas trees and Christmas lights

Brazil

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Many Brazilian Christmas traditions come from Portugal as Portugal ruled Brazil for many years. Nativity scenes, known as Presépio are very popular. They are set-up in churches and homes all through December.

On Christmas Eve, people greet each other at midnight, make a toast wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and later exchange presents. The lunch on Christmas day is also special.

Croatia

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In Croatia, preparations for Christmas start on 25th November which is St Catherine's day. People also celebrate Advent. Over 85% of people in Croatia are Catholics so Advent is an important time for them.

It's traditional to have an Advent wreath made of straw or evergreen twigs which have four candles. The wreath symbolizes endlessness and the four candles symbolise different parts of history and life.

France
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In France, Yule Logs made out of Cherry Wood are often burned in French homes. The log is carried into the home on Christmas Eve and is sprinkled with red wine to smell nice when it is burning.

There is a custom that the log and candles are left burning all night with some food and drinks left out in case Mary and the baby Jesus come past during the night.

Germany

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Christmas Trees are very important in Germany. They were first used in Germany during the Middle Ages. If there are young children in the house, the trees are usually secretly decorated by the mother of the family.

The Christmas tree was traditionally brought into the house on Christmas Eve. Germany is well known for its Christmas Markets where all sorts of Christmas food and decorations are sold. 

Ukraine

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Christmas in Ukraine is celebrated on the 7th January. This is because many countries use the old 'Julian' calendar for their church festivals where the main Church is the Orthodox Church.

In Ukraine, Christmas trees are often decorated with artificial spider's webs! The story of The Christmas Spider is very popular in Ukraine and finding a spider or web on your tree is meant to be good luck.

Romania

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In Romania, Christmas and mid-winter celebrations last from 20th December to 7th January. The 20th is when people celebrate St. Ignatius's Day. It is traditional that if the family keep pigs, one is killed on this day. The meat from the pig is used in Christmas meals.

Egypt

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In Egypt about 15% of people are Christians. They are the only part of the population who really celebrate Christmas as a religious festival. Most Egyptian Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church and they have unique traditions for Christmas.

Christmas Day isn't celebrated on the 25th December but on 7th January like in Ethiopia and by some Orthodox Christians in Russia and Serbia.

And there you have it, Christmas traditions from all over the world.

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