Traditions

Christmas around the world (Part I)

Christmas in London, England (photo credit Ireland Network Great Britain)

Christmas in London, England (photo credit Ireland Network Great Britain)

Have you ever wondered how people around the world celebrate the holidays?  It will be difficult to travel to every single country on christmas to see how they celebrate. You can save a few dollars and read below how people celebrate the holidays around the world.

Latin America

Christmas Eve fireworks in Montevideo, Uruguay (taken from Alejandro Perez on Youtube)

In Uruguay, families gather on Christmas Eve( december 24th) to have Christmas dinner.  Dinner consists of a whole grilled pig and different side dishes. Presents are opened at midnight and are usually followed by a sea of fireworks. In Panama, many families attend La misa del Gallo (rooster’s mass)traditionally  at midnight on Christmas Eve. Panamanians also gather in a Posada a few days before December 25th to sing  carols and sometimes re-enact the Christian birth of Jesus.

Traditional Posada in Guarare, Panama. (Image taken from Casa del Puerto)

Traditional Posada in Guarare, Panama. (photo credit  Casa del Puerto)

Africa

Ethiopian depiction of Christmas (photo credit ONE)

Ethiopian depiction of Christmas (photo credit ONE)

In Ethiopia  most people celebrate christmas on January 7th, following the ancient Julian calendar. Christmas usually begins by a day of fasting, followed by religious services and a feast (read more at ONE). In Liberia, there is no such thing as Santa Claus. Instead, you can find Old Man Bayka the “devil” begging on the streets for presents on Christmas Day. You can read more here.

Forget Santa Claus, the Devil is coming to town in Liberia. (photo credit TLC Africa)

Forget Santa Claus, the Devil is coming to town in Liberia. (photo credit TLC Africa)

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