Let’s remember Christmas traditions around the WORLD

Did you know that each country has its tradition at Christmas? This week is Christmas and we wanted to make a special blog to celebrate these dates and highlight the details of each culture.

If you want to know any of these countries and you plan to travel at Christmas time, we leave you some traditions that we know may interest you when traveling:

Day of the Velitas (Colombia): At the beginning of December, every 7 and 8, Colombians participate in the traditional Day of the Velitas in honor of the Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception, they also ask for their wishes, and it marks the beginning of the Christmas.

Hide the brooms (Norway): People in Norway have a tradition that has its origin many centuries ago when there was a belief that witches and evil spirits appeared during Christmas Eve to look for brooms and thus fly. Therefore, some still hide their brooms in a very safe place to prevent them from being stolen.

Las Posadas (Central America): Between December 16 and 24, Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador celebrate the traditional festival of “Las Posadas,” which consists of commemorating the pilgrimage of the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

It consists of neighbors who imitate what happened at that time by visiting house to house, generally family or friends, allowing time for a reunion. At the meeting, a piñata in the shape of a seven-pointed star (the deadly sins) is broken, with a stick (representing God) and blindfolded (faith), to drop the candies and fruits.

Christmas Dinner with KFC (Japan): Christmas has never been overly celebrated in Japan. Leaving aside small gestures of exchanging gifts or special lighting, little else is observed in the Japanese country. However, a strange “tradition” has recently emerged: a fried chicken dinner from the restaurant run by the world’s most famous colonel, Kentucky Fried Chicken.

National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting (Washington D.C): The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is celebrated with great fanfare throughout the United States. And one of the most critical moments takes place in a public event.

The ceremony in Washington D.C. includes speeches, musical performances, activities for children, and, of course, the lighting of the menorah.

A Christmas spent on beer (Ireland): In practically all countries, most miniature house leaves milk, cookies, or polvorones either to Santa Claus or the Three Kings. In Ireland, they have twisted this Christmas tradition and made it a little more their own. Instead of these typical sweets, the Irish prefer to leave Santa Claus some pudding made with Guinness or Irish whiskey. 

You know, if you plan to go to any of these countries, keep these traditions in mind and don’t forget to enjoy them a lot.

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