Christmas: A celebration that unites the whole world
Christmas is everyone's favorite time and happiness covers all of December. It represents union, peace and hope, since the little ones are looking forward to the good night to receive Santa's gifts . Therefore, in every house in the world, in every little corner of the planet, there are Christmas traditions to celebrate this important date. Each country has maintained customs for years, but others have been implemented for a short time. Do you know those of other countries?
Christmas around the world: some very curious traditions
Around the world preparations began to celebrate December 24, one of the most important holidays of the year. Although some begin a little earlier, giving gifts or scaring the smallest, as in the case of Austria , where a demon called Kraumpus scares children who have behaved badly during the year. According to the tradition of this country, Santa Claus gives gifts to good children, but his friend Krampus, does the opposite task, takes the children who have behaved badly in a sack. Therefore, when the first weeks of December arrive, the older boys of the country, disguise themselves as this character and scare the little ones while they make their chains and bells ring.
Meanwhile, in Ireland they have modified one of the typical Christmas traditions. While other countries the little ones of the house leave milk and cookies to Santa Claus so he can recharge his energy and continue with his trip to the rest of the houses. In Ireland, they no longer leave milk, instead they leave a pudding made with liquor, which can be made with Guinness or Irish whiskey .
On the other hand, in Japan , Christmas is a party that is not usually celebrated. Although it is true that in the Nippon country there is usually a gift exchange plus the decoration of houses and streets, they do not have a millenary tradition for this date. But recently, it has begun to develop an uncommon practice. And for the Japanese it's only Christmas if you eat chicken broster . Nowadays, this new custom has become so popular that in Christmas there are restaurants that have created a menu inspired by Noche Buena.
Continuing with dark customs, in Serbia They maintain a tradition that would scare any father on the planet. And, in this country, the children in the houses "kidnap" their mother and demand their gifts to let her go free. But since the gifts are not delivered on Christmas day, but two Sundays before December 25, the children will abduct the mother first, demanding their gifts as payment for the ransom, while the Sunday before the party, is the father who will be kidnapped. And as in the previous case, the children will ask for a ransom that must be paid with more gifts.
While some children kidnap their parents to obtain gifts, in Iceland , young people, also known as Young Yule in the country, give gifts to children 13 days before Christmas. That is why the little ones leave their best shoes by the window and the young Yules leave gifts to the little ones who behaved well during the year, but those who behaved badly will receive rotten potatoes.
Christmas in the Region: How was it celebrated?
Latin America maintains Christmas traditions for many years. And although everyone celebrated Christmas with the usual gifts and the Christmas dinner, each country gave a different touch to their celebrations. Beginning in Mexico , those who made the famous " Posadas ", which represent what happened Mary and Joseph to receive asylum on the night of the birth of the baby Jesus. In these inns there is food, piñatas and games. But their most emotional tradition is that they perform at the inn on December 24, where the baby Jesus is cooed and Christmas carols are sung. In the middle of the celebration, each member of the family makes a request, silently or loudly to then embrace and receive the long-awaited gifts
On the other hand, in C olombia , the celebration began with the Festival of the candles , which is done in honor of the Virgin Mary and the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. While, in many regions of Venezuela , there is usually a " skating " where each member of the family puts on their skates and go to the skating community church. Another of the most important traditions of the country, consists in the realization of the " Hallaca " which consists of a mass disk stretched on a banana leaf, stuffed with a stew made from beef, pork and chicken (this it can vary depending on the region of the country), then it is cooked and accompanied with chicken salad , ham bread and ham .
Meanwhile in Panama , a series of traditions were carried out as December progresses. First, when the month begins, the streets and houses are decorated with lights, shopping centers place huge Christmas trees for the little ones to take pictures. On the other hand, the " barriadas " compete to see who has the best decorated streets. The most famous are visited by families and foreigners who visit the country. As the month progresses, mothers' day arrives on December 8, then wait for the spirit of Christmas on December 21, where Panamanians reflect on the mistakes made and forgive the offenses of others.
At Christmas in Peru, an artisan market was opened in the Plaza de Armas known as Santurantikuy , which means "the sale of the saints". Where each craftsman shows his works and creations full of color and magic. One of the most typical crafts of the artisanal market is the " Niño Manuelito " since it is said that it is the bells of the Cathedral of Cusco that announce the birth of the child and not the bells of Belén in the far east. On the night of December 24, before the Christmas dinner takes place, the families go to the church to celebrate the "Misa de Gallo", which celebrates the birth of the baby Jesus. Here, people carry their own image of the baby Jesus to put in the manger.
The Misa de Gallo is one of the most celebrated parties in the continent, although they usually have different names, all represent the same. And this is exactly what Christmas represents the most. The union of the peoples, regardless of the traditions that take place throughout the month, all eat as a family on the night of December 24 and everyone wakes up on December 25 expecting to receive their family's gifts creating a Christmas Union.