Celebration of Christmas in Different Countries

By SYDNEY LEWIS

Merry Christmas carved into wood for the holiday season.

Christmas is known all around the world, but each country and cultures celebrate it differently. It may be the time that they celebrate or how they celebrate the holiday. Each country and culture is unique which makes for many different types of celebrations.

    In Japan, Christmas is mostly celebrated not because of religious standards, but to spread happiness to others. According to Why Christmas, in Japan Christmas Eve is often celebrated more than Christmas Day. Christmas Eve is thought of as a romantic day, in which couples spend together and exchange presents. Young couples like to go for walks to look at the Christmas lights and have a romantic meal in a restaurant. Another thing that is done mostly is eating fried chicken on Christmas day. KFC, being one of the many fast food restaurants, are known to be very popular and busy at that time of year.

   In Ethiopia, especially the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, they still utilize the old Julian calendar, so they celebrate Christmas on January 7th, not December 25th. The Christmas celebration in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is called Ganna or Genna. Most people go to Church on Christmas day. Many people take part in a special Advent fast during the 43 day before Christmas, which starts November 25th. During this time, traditionally they can only eat one vegan meal each day. No meat, dairy, eggs or wine were not allowed to be consumed.


    In Italy, one of the most important ways of celebrating Christmas is the Nativity crib scene, which pays tribute to the birth of Jesus, using this crib, it helps tell the Christmas story. Later in the 16th century it became popular to have a crib in you own home. Cribs are traditionally put out in the home on December 8th and the baby Jesus figurine is placed in the crib on the evening of December 24th.

    These are only a few of the many ways that different cultures and countries celebrate Christmas. Everyone doesn’t celebrate it the same way, but with each difference it makes the holiday for every culture.

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