Christmas celebration arround the world

It's been a very busy and successful year! Soon we'll gather round the table to celebrate Christmas with our families and friends. Let's not forget about our neighbours and other people during that time, so that no one's left out.

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a Very Happy Christmas
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Fun Facts about Christmas celebrations around the world

In Romania, in Christmas Eve, children go out carol singing from house to house performing to the adults in the houses. They normally dance as well. The children get sweets, fruit, traditional cakes called 'cozonaci' and sometimes money for singing well. In Romania Santa Claus is known as 'Moş Crăciun' (Old Man Christmas)


In Egypt where about 15% of people are Christians, Christmas Day isn't celebrated on the 25th December but on 7th January. For the 43 days before Christmas, from 25th November to 6th January, Coptic Orthodox Christians have a special fast where they basically eat a vegan diet. After a special liturgy or Service people go home to eat the big Christmas meal. All the foods contain meat, eggs and butter - all the yummy things they didn't during the Advent fast! In Egypt, Santa is called Baba Noël (meaning Father Christmas).


In Lithuania, Christmas Eve (Kūčios) is a more important day than Christmas Day. Straw is a traditional decoration. Is it normally spread on the table top and then covered with a clean, white tablecloth. The table is then decorated with candles and small branches or twigs from a fir tree. The straw reminds people of the baby Jesus lying in a manger. A superstition says that if you pull a piece of straw from under the tablecloth and it's long, you will have a long life; but if it's short you will have a short life; and a thick straw means a rich and happy life!


Italy: One of the most important ways of celebrating Christmas in Italy is the Nativity crib scene. he city of Naples in Italy is world famous for its cribs and crib making. These are known as 'Presepe Napoletano' (meaning Neapolitan Cribs). The first crib scene in Naples is thought to go back to 1025 and was in the Church of S. Maria del presepe (Saint Mary of the Crib), this was even before St. Francis of Assisi had made cribs very popular! In Italian Happy/Merry Christmas is 'Buon Natale' and in Sicilian it's 'Bon Natali'. Santa Claus is known as 'Babbo Natale'.

Hungary: In Hungary, Christmas Eve is very important and is called 'Szent-este' which means Holy Evening. People spend the evening with their family and decorate the Christmas Tree. St. Nicholas also visits Hungary on the 6th December. In Hungary he is known as 'Mikulás'. Children leave out shoes or boots on a windowsill to be filled with goodies! Presents might also be brought by Télapó (Old Man Winter).

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