Christmas traditions of the different countries

Christmas in Cyprus

Cyprus may not have snow during Christmas but it is surely a festive place to be with warm family traditions, special and interesting customs, lots of activities for everyone, unique events and delicious tastes.

Celebrating Christmas in Georgia

Spending the holiday season in another country is the perfect way to really get to know that country’s culture and people. In the Republic of Georgia, Christmas celebrations contain plenty of familiar elements, as well as a number of traditions that are uniquely Georgian.

Christmas Celebrations in East Timor

East Timor has been Roman Catholic since the early phase of the fifteenth century. Henceforth,Christmas in East Timor is celebrated with great energy and gusto.

Latvia Christmas Traditions

Though Latvia celebrates Christmas on December 25, this holiday is closely linked with pagan winter solstice celebrations. Latvians mark the 12 days up until Christmas with gifts. If you're in Riga during the month of December, you can purchase traditional decorations and sample Latvian Christmastime foods at the Riga Christmas Market.

Christmas Celebrations in Israel

Christmas in Israel is celebrated both by the locals as well as foreigners with same merriment and enthusiasm as in other parts of the world. The celebration of Christmas in Israel has a special significance as Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem in Israel.

Christmas in Italy

Christmas season in Italy is traditionally celebrated December 24-January 6, or Christmas Eve through Epiphany. This follows the pagan season of celebrations that started with Saturnalia, a winter solstice festival, and ended with the Roman New Year, the Calends.

Christmas Celebrations in Bhutan

Christmas in Bhutan is celebrated with great pomp and show. The inhabitants of Bhutan celebrate Christmas as enthusiastically as any of their religious festivals.

Christmas in China

In China, only about one percent of people are Christians, so most people only know a few things about Christmas. Because of this, Christmas is only often celebrated in the major cities. In these big cities there are Christmas Trees, lights and other decorations on the streets and in department stores. Santa Claus is called 'Shen Dan Lao Ren' and has grottos in shops like is Europe and America.

Christmas in Cameroon

Christmas in Cameroon is celebrated with great enjoyment and fun. Christmas in Cameroon is a festival which is celebrated by all the people of all ages. The people celebrate the birth of Jesus on this day.

Christmas in New Zealand

In New Zealand, like its neighbour Australia, Christmas comes in the middle of the summer holidays.

Christmas in Cambodia

Technically there is not a ‘Cambodian Christmas.’ The reason is simple: Cambodia is mostly a Buddhist country. As Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, something parallel to Christmas in the Cambodian culture would be Vesak, held in May or June.

Christmas in Bangladesh

In the sixteenth century Christianity brought to the historic region of Bengal (now divided between Bangladesh and India) by Portuguese traders and missionaries. Aside from Bengali Christians, a significant number of the population in Bangladesh are Christians.

Christmas in Iran (Persia)

Christmas in Iran is known as the Little Feast. For the first 25 days of December, a great fast is observed, during which no meat, eggs, milk, or cheese is eaten.

Christmas In Jordan

Amman (AsiaNews) – In Jordan's capital of Amman, the joy of Christmas is contagious for both Christians and non Christians.

Christmas celebration in Chile

The Chilean Christmas celebrations are quite similar to the U.S. observance of the occassion, though the weather is quite unlike the temperature Americans experience during December. Naturally, Chileans have a really "warm" Christmas celebration as opposed to cold weather festivities in most Western nations.