The diverse Christmas traditions observed around the world provide an intriguing mosaic of cultural practices.
As a result of an effective advertising campaign, KFC is associated with the Japanese New Year, while in Sweden the Yule Goat is a beloved Christmas icon.
"Caga Tió" means "pooping log" in Catalonian Spanish, and it's a treasured ritual where a log "poops" out little presents.
Folklore in Ukraine states that a poor family once adorned their Christmas tree with spider webs, which magically transformed into gold and silver. This is the origin of the popular practice of spider web decorations.
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To protect themselves against ghosts and goblins, Norwegian families hide brooms on Christmas Eve. At the same time, an elderly witch named La Befana brings presents to kids in Italy.
A vibrant procession, traditional feasts, and religious ceremonies mark the Ethiopian Christmas celebration on January 7th.
In addition to illuminating the diversity of human civilization, learning about these customs helps one better understand and appreciate the universality of Christmas cheer.