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Title: Christmas Celebrations from Around the World 12 out 191 Countries in the world


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Christmas Celebrations from Around the World12
out 191 Countries in the world
  • Mr. Clutter
  • Villegas Middle School
  • 2007

2
AUSTRALIA
Merry Christmas
  • There has been a suggestion that "Swag Man" take
    over Santa's franchise Down Under!!! "Swag Man"
    wears a brown Akubra, a blue singlet and long
    baggy shorts. He spends all winter under Uluru
    with his merry dingoes and then at Christmas
    time, he gets in his huge four-wheel drive and
    sets off through the red dust to deliver his
    presents.

3
CHINA
Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun
  • Christians in China celebrate by lighting their
    houses with beautiful paper lanterns and
    decorating their Christmas trees, which they call
    "Trees of Light," with paper chains, paper
    flowers, and paper lanterns. Santa Claus, is
    called Dun Che Lao Ren (dwyn-chuh-lau-oh-run)
    which means "Christmas Old Man.".

4
EGYPT
Colo sana wintom tiebeen
  • On the Eve of Christmas everyone goes to church
    wearing a completely new outfit. The Christmas
    service ends at midnight with the ringing of
    church bells, then people go home to eat a
    special Christmas meal known as fata, which
    consists of bread, rice, garlic and boiled meat.
  • On Christmas morning people in Egypt and other
    parts of the Middle East, visit friends and
    neighbors. They take with them kaik which is a
    type of shortbread, which they take with them to
    give to the people they visit and eaten with a
    drink known as short bat. Christmas Day is a
    public holiday for Christians.

5
FRANCE
Joyeux Noel
  • Nearly every French home at Christmastime
    displays a Nativity scene or creche.
  • French children receive gifts from Pere Noel who
    travels with his stern disciplinarian companion
    Pere Fouettard. Pere Fouettard reminds Pere Noel
    of just how each child has behaved during the
    past year. In some parts of France Pere Noel
    brings small gifts on St. Nicholas Eve (December
    6) and visits again on Christmas. Generally
    adults wait until New Year's Day to exchange
    gifts.

6
ITALY
Buon Natale
  • The main exchange of gifts takes place on January
    6, the feast of the Epiphany, the celebration in
    remembrance of the Magi's visit to the Christ
    Child. Children anxiously await a visit from La
    Befana who brings gifts for the good and
    punishment for the bad. According to legend, the
    three wise men stopped during their journey and
    asked an old woman for food and shelter. She
    refused them and they continued on their way.
    Within a few hours the woman had a change of
    heart but the Magi were long gone.

7
JAPAN
Shinnen omedeto
  • In Japan there is a god or priest known as
    Hoteiosho, who closely resembles our Santa Claus.
    He is always pictured as a kind old man carrying
    a huge pack. He is thought to have eyes in the
    back of his head. It is well for the children to
    be good when this all-seeing gentleman is abroad.

8
KENYA
Krismas Njema
  • In KENYA, the churches are decorated with
    balloons, ribbons, flowers and green plants.
  • Christmas dinner is often a barbecue with family
    members traveling from far away to be together
    again.
  • Often a group will go singing house to house,
    usually on Christmas eve in urban areas. The
    occupants of each house will give a gift of some
    kind (often money) to the singers, then on
    Christmas Day, the singers will present whatever
    was given to the church they attend.

9
MEXICO
Feliz Navidad
  • The main Christmas celebration in Mexico is
    called las posadas, which refers to processions
    reenacting Joseph and Mary's search for a place
    to stay in Bethlehem. The processions begin nine
    days before Christmas because the original
    journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem took nine
    days. The pilgrims travel from house to house
    asking for a shelter and are refused at each
    until they finally reach the house where an alter
    and Nativity scene have been set up. Here the
    pilgrims are admitted with great rejoicing, a
    traditional prayer is spoken, and the party
    begins. Food and drink are served and then
    children take turns trying to break open the
    pinata.

10
RUSSIA
Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim
Godom
  • St. Nicholas is especially popular in Russia. The
    legend is that the 11th-century Prince Vladimir
    traveled to Constantinople to be baptized, and
    returned with stories of miracles performed by
    St. Nicholas of Myra. Since then many Eastern
    Orthodox Churches have been named for the saint,
    and to this day, Nicholas is one of the most
    common names for Russian boys. The feast of St.
    Nicholas (December 6) was observed for many
    centuries.

11
SCOTLAND
Nollaig chridheil huibh
  • The Scots celebrate Christmas rather somberly and
    reserve their merriment for New Year's Eve which
    is called Hogmanay. This word may derive from a
    kind of oat cake that was traditionally given to
    children on New Year's Eve. The first person to
    set foot in a residence in a New Year is thought
    to profoundly affect the fortunes of the
    inhabitants. Depending on the area, it may be
    better to have a dark-haired or fair-haired
    stranger set foot in the house. This tradition is
    widely known as "first footing."

12
VENEZUELA
Feliz Natal
  • Venezuelans attend a daily early morning church
    service between December 16th and 24th called
    Misa de Aguinaldo ("Early Morning Mass.") In
    Caracas, the capital city, it is customary to
    roller-skate to this service and many
    neighborhoods close the streets to cars until 8
    a.m. Before bedtime children tie one end of a
    piece of string to their big toe and hang the
    other out the window. The next morning, roller
    skaters give a tug to any string they see
    hanging. After Mass everyone enjoys tostados and
    coffee.

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