Christmas in different countries
• Christmas in different countries
Santa Claus makes selfie.
Holiday traditions in each country is unique. Some of them hundreds of years, while others originated relatively recently. In this article we have compiled some of the most colorful Christmas rituals from around the world.
Finnish Rovaniemi town located in northern Finland, is considered to be the official residence of Santa Claus. Here it is possible to visit all the 365 days of the year.
Children from all over the world come here to personally deliver a letter with their wishes.
The residents of Croatia's capital during the holidays is released into the sky thousands of paper lanterns bearing their hopes and desires.
In Mexico, for centuries a tradition of playing pastorelas - scenes depicting the journey of the shepherds to Bethlehem, to the cradle of the Infant Jesus.
In the days of Orthodox Christmas on the streets of Tbilisi is a festive procession, whose members distribute gifts and sweets to children and the poor.
In Japan, Christmas is not a national holiday, but thousands of Japanese people celebrate December 25 with a bucket of KFC fried chickens. This tradition laid the foundation for a viral marketing campaign in 1974.
The residents of Belarusian villages gather around large trees, marking the end of the ancient pagan festival called Kolyada. It is believed that the ritual promises a good harvest.
Jewish families all over the world light candles seven nights dedicated to the holiday of Hanukkah.
In India, Christianity is the third largest religion of the population. Millions of people come to church for vespers service and decorate their homes with garlands, ornate Christmas trees and nativity scenes.
In Buenos Aires celebrate Christmas fireworks. Some residents prefer to stay awake all night long.
The Spanish children receive gifts more and 6 January the feast of the Epiphany. Solemn procession symbolizes the worship of the Magi.
The Christians come to worship in the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, built over the spot where, according to tradition, Jesus was born.
In Munich on Holiday Fair stroll men dressed as Krampus costume - Santa's helper, who punishes bad children. It is assumed that frightened children will behave better.
In Serbia, you can pretty surprise car pulling a home is not a Christmas tree, a dry oak branch. Burning leaves, the Serbs call good luck in the coming year.
In Lebanon, the scene of nativity scenes is even more popular than dressed Christmas tree. Residents set figures in the caves instead of the crib, and the scene is surrounded by stalks of chickpeas, lentils, rye.
in Venezuela Christmas dinner is not complete without the traditional ham bread, in which the filling is put olives, raisins, ham, and sometimes bacon.
African-American population in seven days celebrates Kwanzaa, lighting a candle on a special candlestick called Kynar. Each day represents one of the fundamental principles of the festival, such as unity, faith and tenacity.
Naples is famous for its nativity scenes. Almost every house you find a scene with the cradle of Christ.
In the Netherlands, children leave shoes by the fireplace or on the windowsill to Sinterklaas and his helper Zwarte Piet can put to gifts and sweets.
Living in the US send cards, sing Christmas carols, give gifts and take pictures with Santa in malls.
In Nice daredevils in red caps dipped in cold coastal water. This tradition for over 70 years.
At the festival in San Fernando, the Christmas capital of the Philippines, the audience attracted huge bright lights with geometric patterns.
From December 7 Colombians candles are lit, marking the beginning of the Christmas season. Neighbors compete with each other in creativity.
In Sweden, Christmas tree guards straw goat - a reminder of the fact that Jesus was born in a stable. This huge goat can be seen every year in the Swedish town of Gävle.
In the UK and Ireland Christmas celebration continues on December 26. People celebrate Boxing Day (Boxing Day) sporting events, shopping trips and theatrical performances.
Residents of the Swiss city of Appenzell wear intricate homemade costumes of moss, twigs and leaves. In these suits they circle the city, singing and ringing bells to scare away evil spirits and wish everyone a happy new year.