Christmas Around the World


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Christmas is celebrated in many different ways all around the world.

Parker Tieman and Ethan Jacob Hoker

With Christmas coming up very soon, everyone is ready for the holidays. Everyone is in the Christmas mood, but Christmas isn’t celebrated everywhere. In Mexico, they celebrate Las Posadas and they celebrate from the 16th to the 24th. Also, in Mexico during the Christmas season they celebrate with food, music and piñatas. Lots of people don’t realize that Christmas is celebrated in different ways all around the world in many different ways including Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and many more.

In Russia, Christmas is celebrated on January 7 because in Russia most Christians use the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar that we use. Most Orthodox Russians will fast during the days leading to Christmas abstaining from food entirely or avoiding meat and other types of food. However, on Christmas day most will have a big dinner of a wide variety of food.

Kwanzaa takes place from December 26 to January 1. The name Kwanzaa comes from the phrase ‘matunda ya kwanza’ which means ‘first fruits’ in the Swahili language. Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of African American culture and heritage. Kwanzaa was introduced to the United states in 1966 and has spread throughout the United states with now over 6 million people celebrating it in the United states. 

In South Korea Christmas was one of the few Asian countries with Christmas as a nationally recognized holiday. Lights are a very important part of the korean celebration of christmas most churches will have lights strung across there churches as much as they are regular peoples houses.  A popular food to eat in south korea during christmas is a sponge cake covered in cream called a christmas cake. Most south koreans attend a church service as well even if they’re not religious.