Christmas is a global festival, celebrated on 25th December each year in different parts of the world. On Christmas Day, Christian celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Read about the Christmas Celebrations in different ways in many countries and regions such England, Mexico, Italy, America, Spain, New York, Disneyland.
Christmas is now celebrated in many countries all around the world. In different places, people have different cultures and traditions, so that, they celebrates Christmas in the different styles. In spite of, different traditions and customs of celebrating Christmas around the world, the spirit behind the festivity remains the same everywhere. Christmas celebrations varied from place to place. At some places, people celebrate Christmas by dressing as Santa Claus and distributing gifts. At some places people exchange gifts each year on Christmas.
On Christmas, people dance to the rhythms of Christmas carols, celebrate in the chilly wintry winds, relish the mouth-watering delicacies, dazzle in the colorful decorations and enthrall after receiving some captivating Christmas gifts.
1. Christmas Celebrations in England
In England, Christmas is celebrated since 596 AD, with great fun and fervor. The main parts of Christmas celebration is beautiful Christmas decorations. Using beautiful Christmas tree, stars, bells, toys, people decorate their houses and glitter Christmas lights. Many people used to exchange beautiful Christmas gifts among them to express their love and affection.
On Christmas Day, in England, mummering is an important tradition. The mummers put on masks, during central ages and they act on Christmas plays. To everybody, Father Christmas gives beautiful Christmas gifts. A day after Christmas is founded as Boxing Day as boys gather money in clay boxes.
Christmas dinner is served at Midday on 25th December. Before these, people can only eat Frumenty, which is porridge that made up of corn. Christmas Dinner in England is cooked turkey with sauce and vegetables traditionally. In England, Christmas pudding is quite a popular dessert served with brandy sauce. For Christmas celebration in England, an additional main highlight is the election of Boy Bishop in the remembrance of St. Nicholas.
To make your Christmas celebrations memorable and enjoyable, you may plan tour for England.
2. Christmas Celebrations in Mexico
In Mexico, Christmas is more of a religious character. It is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The arrangements begin nine days before on 16th December from the 24th December for the celebration of Nativity on the Holy Night.
Each home displays nativity sight where hosts of the home assumes the characters of the innkeepers and the children and adults in the neighborhood request lodging the third home will allow lodging. They pray for the Rosary by kneeling down. There is party time for children after praying.
The other main Christmas celebrations in Mexico include attending a Mass at the midnight. Christmas gift are not distributed in Mexico on the Christmas day, because it is a celebration of the birth of Rescuer.
It is assumed that Wise men brought the gifts for the newly born baby on 6th January. It is said that Magi places gifts for children near their shoes if it is larger and if it is smaller it will be found inside the shoes.
3. Christmas Celebrations in Europe
Christmas represents the birth of Jesus. Christmas is the celebration of fun and festivity all over Europe. On this day, people give warm wishes with heart felt Christmas greetings to one another. For families and friends, Christmas is a big occasion and broad holiday season.
Most people like to go on vacations to some foreign countries to celebrate the Christmas. Europe is one of those Christmas destinations. In Europe, you can know how special traditions, decorations and seasonal warmth during Christmas Season. Going to Christmas market for hot chocolate and listening to a choir at midnight mass will be amazing.
In spite of this, there is also dazzling Christmas lights in Europe. You can top over on London’s Oxford Street or Czech Republic’s Prague to clear vision. But this is not enough.
You can enjoy your Christmas holidays at many exotic locales in Europe.
4. Christmas Celebrations in Italy
In Italy, Christmas is celebrated for three weeks. Christmas celebrations in Italy begin eight days before Christmas with Christmas Eve through Epiphany.
Before this, the pagan season observed in country begin with a winter solstice event and end with the Roman New Year. The Feast Day held on December 8. The highlights of Christmas season are trees, nativity scene, lights, gifts, family reunion and gifts of Christmas.
In this period, groups of children dressed as shepherds visit houses piping and reciting Christmas poems and songs for gathering money.
A strict feast is taken twenty-four hours before Christmas Eve in Italy. After this celebration, meal with highlight called panettone is served. Everybody visits Vatican square for seeking blessings from the Pope at noon. The candles are lighted around Presepiom in the twilight.
5. Christmas Celebrations in America:
In America, Christmas celebrations truly begin a month before the arrival of it. During this time, organization of Christmas programs, carnivals, parties, games, and activities are started. Fancy dress competitions take place in schools. The traditional Christmas tree is beautifully held in high regard with ornaments, candies and a star tree topper that communicates to the star of Bethlehem. It is also decorated with sprigs of holly and mistletoe, Christmas lights and Santa idols.
In the United States, an exclusive Christmas Day parade is held with colorful display of bands and dancers. On this occasion, concerts and services are organized in the Church. Midnight Mass is observed by people in America on the eve of Christmas.
On Christmas, a special thanks giving ceremony is held in America in which people thank the omnipotent for his blessings and benignant presence on this propitious occasion.
6. Christmas Celebrations in Spain
For the people, who want to enjoy the true spirit of Christmas in Europe, the Spain is another attraction for them. The Celebration of Christmas in Spain begins in mid-December through January 6. The highlights for this season are lottery, nativity scenes and rich food. Marzipan and turron are its traditional sweets, you should try it.
In spite of this, you can also view incredible New Year's Eve celebrations. Some of the popular Christmas destinations in Spain are Madrid, Barcelona, Catalonia and Costa Brava. On Christmas Eve, people lit tiny oil lamps in Spain. After midnight mass and Christmas dinner, the streets are full of dancers and onlookers.
Jota is a special Christmas dance in Spain. On the music of guitars and castanets, people enjoyed dance. It is said that three wise men are the gift bearers that arrive on 6th of January in Spain so that the Christmas gifts always hold a special meaning during Christmas celebrations.
As per Spain traditions “people fill their shoes with barley and straw for camels. Next morning, attractive Christmas gifts take place of straw and barley. People in Spain decorate their homes with manger having carved figures.”
There is a get together of family members around the manger before the Christmas season, where all the family members’ sings and small kids play tambourines and dance on its music. Christmas Eve is called as Nochebuena or 'the Good Night' in Spain. To enjoy the grand feast, all family members gather around the Nativity scene. In Spain, on Christmas day, people honor cow, because it had warmed up the baby Jesus. In Spain. Christmas is most religious occasions.
Wish you a very happy and prosperous Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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