Did you know that..? By Gustas Tolvaišas

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Christmas traditions vary from country to country. Christmas celebrations for many nations include the installing and lighting of Christmas trees, the hanging of Advent wreaths, Christmas stockings.


Christmas is popular in Japan, though Christmas is not a national holiday. Gifts are sometimes exchanged.

Christmas lights decorate cities, and Christmas trees adorn living areas and malls.

A successful advertising campaign in the 1970s made eating at KFC around Christmas a national custom.


The country has earned the distinction of celebrating the world’s longest Christmas season, with Christmas carols heard as early as September 1.

On December 31, New Year’s Eve, Filipino families gather for the Media Noche or midnight meal – a feast that is also supposed to symbolize their hopes for a prosperous New Year.

The feast consists of : a „ball of cheese‘‘ , a hot chocolate drink ,Christmas ham, chicken and various desserts.

Central Europe

In countries of Central Europe the main celebration date for the general public is Christmas Eve (December 24).

Traditions concerning dinner vary from region to region, for example, in Poland the meal is fried carp, while elsewhere they have 12 dishes.

After the dinner comes the time for gifts. Children usually find their gifts under the Christmas tree, with name stickers.

Some weird traditions

South Africa : on Christmas day families eat deep-fried caterpillars

Ukraine : Ukrainians put an artificial spider and web on the Christmas tree.

Bavaria : Bavarian highlanders fire mortars in to the air.

Do you know or maybe have any weird traditions that I didn’t write in this article? Please, write them in the comment section. 😀

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