Christmas Traditions in the World!

In Hubii we are very curious and we like to know about the different cultures in the world. Christmas time is already here, and this is what 10 countries are preparing.

The Hubii Team wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a great 2016!
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JAPAN Pork? No. Turkey? No. Fish? No. What the Japanese like to eat at Christmas is fried chicken, so it is not unusual to see long lines at fast food restaurants Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).
Queues at KFC Japan at Christmas can last two hours. The tradition began in 1974 with a KFC advertising campaign whose slogan was "Christmas = Kentucky”, inciting eat chicken in that time of the year.
The success was so huge that their products became traditional on the 23rd, 24th and 25th December menu, but specially on Christmas Eve.

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SERBIA Here it's not tradition to give presents at Christmas, but on the Sundays before. Two Sundays before December 25th the children tie up their mum. She then has to pay a ransom in the form of gifts to be freed. The following Sunday the same happens with dad.

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MEXICO Joel R. Poinsett brought a red-and-green plant from Mexico to America. As its coloring seemed perfect for the new holiday, the plants (which were called poinsettias) became a universal Christmas symbol in 1900.

Paper mache sculptures called piñatas are filled with candy and coins and hung from the ceiling. Children then take turns hitting the piñata until it breaks, sending a shower of treats to the floor. Then they race to gather as much of the loot as they can.

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INDIA Instead of having traditional Christmas Trees, in India they decorate a banana or mango tree (or whatever tree people can find to decorate). Sometimes people use mango leaves to decorate their homes.
In Southern India, Christians often put small oil burning clay lamps on the flat roofs of their homes to show their neighbors that Jesus is the light of the world.

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AUSTRALIA The holiday comes in the middle of summer and it’s not unusual for some parts of Australia to hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Christmas day.

During the warm and sunny Australian Christmas season, beach time and outdoor barbecues are common. Traditional Christmas day celebrations include family gatherings, exchanging gifts and either a hot meal with ham, turkey, pork or seafood or barbecues.

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UKRAINE Ukrainians prepare a traditional twelve-course meal. A family’s youngest child watches through the window for the evening star to appear, a signal that the feast can begin.

It may sound more like a Halloween tradition than a Christmas one but Ukrainians decorate their Christmas trees with spider webs. Legend says that a magic spider once visited a poor family at Christmas and turned the webs in their home into gold and silver.

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CHINA In China only about one percent of people are Christians.
Only a few people have a Christmas Tree, and this is normally a plastic one and might be decorated with paper chains, paper flowers, and paper lanterns.

A tradition that's becoming popular on Christmas Eve is giving apples. Many stores have apples wrapped up in colored paper for sale. People give apples on Christmas Eve because in Chinese Christmas Eve is called 'Ping An Ye' (which means quiet or silent night) and the word for apple in Chinese is 'Ping Guo' which sounds similar.

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VENEZUELA In the capital, Caracas, roads are closed off so that locals can blade to morning mass.
It was also a tradition for people to paint their houses two to four weeks before Christmas, so it was all nice and ready to be decorated for Christmas. Many people have new clothes for Christmas and New Year's Eve, and also some Venezuelan believe that if you wear yellow on New Year's Eve you will have good luck next year.

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CZECH REPUBLIC Czechs are taught not to eat anything on Christmas Eve until a special dinner is served so that they can try and see a mystical 'golden pig' appear.

Women perform a strange ritual on Christmas Day to predict whether they will marry next year. With back turned to the house door they throw one shoe over their shoulder. If it lands with the heel towards the door, she will stay single, but if the fallen shoe points towards the door, it means she should start preparing for a celebration, other than Christmas.

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ICELAND There are 13 Santas in Iceland. These Yule lads, more troll like than the traditional Father Christmas, traditionally come down from the mountain one by one during the days of the festive period leaving presents or rotten potatoes depending on the child's behavior. They have names like Door Sniffer and Meat Hook.

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