December 24, 2021 7 min read
Christmas is undoubtedly the most joyous time of the year. Winters are gorgeous and there is a magical coziness in the air. The birth of Christ is celebrated with much vigour around the world. While waiting for Santa Claus to pay you a visit, Christmas trees, stockings and presents are a common phenomena throughout the world. There are a few countries that also celebrate the age-old tradition of Christmas differently than the rest. In their uniqueness they carry their own customs that are significant to their culture.
We have compiled five such fun Christmas traditions that will take you by surprise but wouldn’t you want to experience them as well?
The Norway Broom Tradition
One of the rarest yet atypical Christmas Eve traditions can be found in Norway, where people usually follow the custom of hiding their brooms. It’s an age-old tradition that was created to protect people from witches and evil spirits. It was believed that they came out on Christmas Eve looking for brooms to ride on. To this day, many people look for the best spots to keep the brooms away from the witches and trust us this is true!
Courtesy - The Daily Meal
Philippines and the Lantern Festival
Every year on a Saturday ahead of Christmas Eve you can experience the magnificent Giant Lantern Festival (Ligligan Parul Sampernandu). The city of San Fernando – the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines” hosts the festival and it attracts massive crowds from all over the country and tourists from overseas as well. Following the traditional celebrations, eleven villages participate in the festival and each one competes with the other. As a result, the lanterns are big and beautiful. Their vivid patterns and artistic make are noteworthy.
Courtesy - Tatler Asia
The Austrian Krampus
We know Papa Noel or Santa Claus walks the streets during Christmas but you may have never heard of a demon taking over the streets. St. Nicholas’ evil accomplice, Krampus takes over the streets of Austria to punish unruly children and rewards those who have been good throughout the year. Krampus was a means of scaring children to have them disciplined and most Austrian parents believe it works till date.
Source: Festival Sherpa
Roller Blading in Venezuela
Christmas and roller blades don’t go hand in hand but Venezuela works differently. The beautiful city of Caracas has a unique tradition of its residents visiting the church early in the morning on their roller skates during Christmas Eve. To be fully prepared. popular roads across the city are blocked for people to skate safely.
Courtesy: The Minds Journal
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