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Unique Christmas Traditions From Across The World

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Christmas is celebrated every year on 25 December to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. Today, it's cultural significance is almost as strong as the religious essence. People of all religions come together to celebrate this festival by putting up decorations, cooking delicious meals and giving gifts.

The festival has been celebrated for around two millennia now around the world. And, with time, a number of traditions have evolved to merge with the main tradition of Christmas celebrations. 

From the 13 m tall straw goat in Sweden to lighting thousands of tiny candles in Colombia, these traditions bring people together almost as much as the festival of Christmas itself. 

Find out more about them and what they signify in our ClipBook.

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The Yule Lads

Most countries have one Santa Claus, but Iceland has 13 Yule Lads. On each of the 13 nights leading up to Christmas, one of these fellows takes turns visiting the children of Iceland. If you've been a good boy or girl, the Yule Lads will leave you...

St. Nicholas Day

Not many know that St. Nicholas is the real name of Santa Claus. St. Nicholas day is celebrated by many cultures across the world on 6 December. Children leave boots outside their house in the hope that St. Nick will fill them with presents. In Gr...

Day Of The Little Candles

Día de las Velitas or the Day of the Little Candles is celebrated each year on 7 December in Colombia. Thousands of candles are lit across the nation, with a wish being made each time a candle is lit. In Bogota, Columbia's capital city,events such...

Cavalcade Of Lights

The city of Toronto takes Christmas seriously. The annual Cavalcade of Lights takes place on 24 November each year and thousands of people throng to Nathan Phillips Square to watch the fireworks. Besides the 60 feet tall Christmas tree, other attr...

Krampus

The Krampus is the dark side of Christmas. If children are good, Santa Claus will reward them with presents. If they are bad, the monstrous Krampus will come and scare them. Young men dress up in the Krampus costumes by donning animal skins and ca...

Mari Lwyd

In the Welsh folklore tradition of Mari Lwyd, a horse skull is decorated with Christmas ornaments and is held up with a stick. Beneath it, a man stands hidden wearing a sackcloth who throws a challenge to the neighbours. If the horse-man wins, th...

Zwarte Piet

Zwarte Piet or 'Black Pete' is Santa Claus' helper in the Netherlands. He has a black face, huge lips and wears large earrings of golden colour. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, stores fill up with Zwarte Piet merchandise and figurines. Howev...

Gävle Goat

Gävle Goat is promtoted as 'The World's Largest Straw Goat'. At 13 m high, it takes an entire truck load of straw to create this goat. The tradition of erecting the goat started in 1966, mainly to attract customers to shops nearby. Today, it has g...

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