Here are 5 Christmas celebrations and feasts in the world. Those who are looking forward to exploring destinations across the continents for different Christmas celebrations can visit these places. As a bonus, they can also savor unique flavors with the festive feast varieties. If you are one of such people, these holiday destinations are sure to treat you to lovely experiences. A trip to any of these places will impart you memories to treasure.
5 Christmas Celebrations and Feasts in the World
If a trip is on your cards to partake in Christmas celebrations and savor the authentic feast, here are 5 continents that celebrate this joyous festival in their unique style. So, set off to indulge in the merriment and gorge on their delicacies.
Continent – North America
Cities and towns are adorned with lights. The Rockefeller Center in New York is lit up most beautifully, where a colossal Christmas Tree is set up with a public ice skating rink. In San Francisco, California, take a Christmas day walk across the Golden Gate Bridge – the world’s second-longest single-span suspension bridge.
Americans have a unique custom of Christmas Pickle! Households have their outsides decorated with lights, snowmen, reindeer, and at times, statues of Santa Claus. For winter holidays to treasure, visit this North America.
For a traditional Christmas feast, people savor stuffed turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. Other types of poultry, roast beef, or ham are also eaten. Apple or pumpkin pie, Christmas pudding, fruitcake, and raisin pudding are enjoyed for desserts among traditional Christmas food.
Continent – Europe
A majority of Europeans treat Christmas Eve as the main event when people participate in Midnight Mass and a grand meal. Christmas celebrations continue for 12 days, starting from December 25th until January 6th – Epiphany, the day the Three Kings delivered their gifts.
The Scottish capital – Edinburgh, United Kingdom transforms into a venue for ecstatic events that continue for more than 6 weeks. This historical city witnesses festivities setting in from late November and running till early January. Don’t miss out on a ride on Scotland’s largest Ferris wheel. Do visit carol concerts and have fun at pantomimes. If you extend your stay there till New Year’s Eve, you will experience the unparalleled charm of Hogmanay – one of the world’s best ways to greet New Year!
In France, the most anticipated culinary event of the year is Le Reveillon de Noël, the Christmas Eve feast. Italy has Panettone – a type of sweet bread loaf that comprises raisins, citron, pine nuts, and anise. Christmas Stollen – bread with nuts, spices, and dried fruits coated with powdered or icing sugar is the special festive treat of Germany and the Netherlands. Spain serves turrón – nougat made of honey, sugar, egg white, toasted almonds, or some other nuts.
Continent – Asia
In the Philippines, Christmas preparations begin months before. Carols and jingles echo in October itself. Among the famous festive décor in this country is the parol, a bamboo pole or frame with a lighted star lantern on it to represent the star that guided the Wise Men.
South Korea celebrates Christmas by giving money as gifts. People pass cards around. In Seoul, bridges over the Han River are lit up with decorations, and several light shows are also organized. The country has its own version of Santa Claus – Santa Haraboji or Grandfather Santa who wears blue.
In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City attracts people in Nguyen Hue Avenue, where a light show is organized on Christmas Eve. People dine with delicacies that include roasted meat of goose or duck, traditional chicken soup, sometimes accompanied by sticky rice, banh xeo (savory, fried rice pancakes), and Christmas pudding.
Christmas is considered the time to honor the birth of Jesus. So, the Yuletide season here has Christmas Eve church mass as well as that on the morning of Christmas. Nativity Tableaus, communion tables, caroling, and dance performances are also organized.
In countries like Congo, people give gifts to the Communion table of their church. Grand musical shows are also held at the church with a long Nativity Tableau and a minimum of five choirs.
It is noteworthy that all the countries of this continent don’t celebrate Christmas on 25th December. It is celebrated on 7th January in Egypt and Ethiopia as the Coptic Christians there follow the older Julian calendar.
In Ghana, the season’s festivities begin with the arrival of December. Homes, shops, and streets are decorated with lights and Christmas ornaments. Celebrations double here as the closure of the cocoa harvest coincides with Christmas.
Kenya partakes in the merriment with good food at the core of Christmas. Grilled meats at the nyama choma or meat and potato stew, famous braais, or special barbecues are too delicious to be missed out on.
In Nigeria, fried chicken or goat, tomato stew, and flavored rice take the limelight of partying.
Continent – Oceania
The beautiful country of New Zealand stands in proximity to the countries of Australia and Tasmania. This small country comprised of two islands is one of the best-kept secrets of the travel industry. It still has not seen an overabundance of tourists so you can experience local hospitality that will show the true warmth and spirit of New Zealanders. The country offers tourists an entirely different experience on each island during the Christmas season. It is a great place to relax and welcome Christmas.
This continent is in the Southern hemisphere and thus celebrates Christmas in the summers. In Australia, locals enjoy Christmas lunch at home after church service. The fest includes chicken or turkey with trimmings, followed by tea time.
In New Zealand, Christmas is more of a barbeque time with loved ones. Mostly roasted lamb or chicken, roasted veggies like pumpkin, potatoes, greens like peas, and root veggies like sweet potato (New Zealand has its own sweet potato – Kumara), and cold ham are eaten for the feast.
Thus, take a festive break this Christmas and explore some unique ways to celebrate the joyous festival. And of course, don’t forget to pamper your palate with scrumptious authentic festive treats! Let us know, which of these 5 Christmas celebrations and feasts in the world you explored first.