YOU WON’T BELIEVE: How People Spend Christmas and New Year Around The World

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We get used to a special Christmas Dinner, snowballs, snowmen, Santa and a tons of sparkling lights around the streets. However, not every country spends Christmas and New Year the same way.

Read on Nexter about the peculiarities of Christmas celebration around the world.

Iceland

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Source: arttravel.is

13 days before Christmas, the Yuletide-lads, 13 troll-like characters appear! They come to children on  each of 13 nights. Children place a pair of their best shoes on the window sill – and the  Yuletide-lads, in turn, visit them and leave good gifts for the boys and the girl, and the nasty ones find rotten potatoes in their shoes.

Brazil

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Source: wander-lust.nl

Brazilians celebrate “Missa do Galo” near the midnight on Christmas, which is Spanish for the Mass. Traditions are similar to the American way of celebrating – big dinner, gifts in the morning and  so on.

Greece

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Greeks believe in creatures that hide in the houses and fool around on Christmas Eve, so-called “kallikantzaros”, goblins. Maybe it’s something like Irish leprechauns.

South Korea

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Source: huffpost.com

About 25% of the citizens of South Korea are Christians, so it’s a national holiday in this country. However, the way they celebrate Christmas is more of romantic than festive.

New Zealand

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Source: taste.com.au

It’s actually really hot in New Zealand during festive season, that’s why people gather for barbeque. They cook meat in a “hangi” – Maori traditional method of cooking. The main dessert is known around the world – fruit pie “Pavlova”.

Australia

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Source: emergico.com.au

The same situation as in New Zealand – hot and sunny Christmas. People go to the beach and throw a great party with hot drinks – cocoa and tea. They have sunny beams instead of snow, what else to say?

Guatemala

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People here are wearing special Christmas hats – Puritinas – and eat traditional Guatemalan dish – tamale.

Estonia

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Source: iconwallstickers.co.uk

On Christmas, Estonians are going to spend a nice warm session in…. sauna! They do it to clean their bodies and minds to help them be closer to spiritual part of themselves.

Cuba

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Source: en.granma.cu

In Puerto Rico,  the Parrandas festival is a musical festivities in the Christmas season holidays. People build festive themed sculptures and get dressed for the festival. If you want to spend your Christmas dancing, buy a ticket to Cuba immediately!

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