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24 Days of Christmas – Christmas traditions around the world

We are already into the most magical month of the year. December is bringing us every year the spirit of Christmas. The spirit of sharing the moments together with the most important people for us and he desire to make them happy. Although, we all celebrate Christmas, every country in the world has its own way for that.

In Russia and Ukraine they celebrate Christmas not on the 25th of December but on 7h of January. That is because Orthodox church is using the old “Julian” calendar for religious celebration days.

In the European countries Portugal, Italy and Spain they have a Christmas tradition to set up like a village of Bethlehem together with Mary and baby Jesus.

In Venezuela in the morning of Christmas Eve all the roads are closed for cars, so people can roller skate to Mass.

In Japan the usual Christmas dinner is the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and you even have to make a reservation if you want to eat there on Christmas.

In Bulgaria on Christmas Eve which is on 24th of December, a special bread which is called “Pita” is made. It has a coin somewhere inside. The traditions is, that the person who finds it, brings it to the church the next day and he/she will have lots of luck during the upcoming year.

In France, Christmas is called Noël. This comes from the French phrase les bonnes nouvelles, which means “the good news” and refers to the gospel.

In southern France, some people burn a log in their homes from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day. This stems from an ancient tradition in which farmers would use part of the log to ensure good luck for the next year’s harvest

In Canada, most of the Christmas traditions are very similar to those practiced in the United States. In the far north of the country, the Eskimos celebrate a winter festival called sinck tuck, which features parties with dancing and the exchanging of gifts.

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