Discover how Christmas is lived in the world!

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Christmas is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful times of the year. With the passage of time it has extended beyond the religious sense, becoming a party to reunite with your family and loved ones. The joy that is lived on Christmas is unique throughout the year!

Today we are going to tell you some curiosities about how Christmas is lived in the world:



Would you like to see a good light show? Discover Ligligan Parul Sampernandu. You won’t know where to look!

In the Philippines, the festival of giant lanterns, or Ligligan Parul Sampernandu, is held every year on the Saturday before Christmas Eve in the city of San Fernando, the “Christmas Capital” of the Philippines. People from all over the country and from all over the world come to see it!

Although at first the lanterns were simple and barely half a metre long, there is now a great competition to see who builds the biggest and most beautiful of them all. Now they’re made of a wide variety of materials, and they can measure up to six metres!



Another feast of lights is the Day of the Little Sails in Colombia!

It is celebrated on December 8 in honor of the Virgin Inmaculada de la Concepción and marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Colombia. Its inhabitants place candles and paper lanterns on windows, balconies and gardens. At nightfall all the streets of the country are filled with candles and paper lanterns to illuminate the sky and the cities. Colombia has never been so beautiful as in this feast!

Colombians excel every year with elaborate lanterns in this popular tradition. Some of the best can be seen in Quimbaya, where neighbors compete to see who creates the most impressive ornament! Are you going to miss it?



How many times have we dreamed of celebrating Christmas relaxed on the beach? Well, in Brazil your dreams are a reality!

On Christmas Eve, the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana glow with fireworks – they are in charge of announcing that it is already Christmas in Brazil! And despite the summer weather, Brazilians also place traditional Christmas decorations and trees. You’ll find the biggest of them all in Rio de Janeiro with the famous ‘Árvore de Natal da Lagoa’ – a tree that is as tall as 85 metres! Decorated with thousands of luminous lamps, this tree that will hypnotize you has become an obligatory photo if you go to Brazil at this time of year, although it is not under the tree where Santa leaves the gifts but in the shoes! A Santa Claus who, since it’s summer, wears clothes that are lighter than silk. But before opening their gifts, the Brazilians gather as a family in what she calls “Ceia de Natal” to have turkey dinner together. They certainly know how to celebrate these holidays!



You love Christmas, but do you think they could get better with some skates?

One of the funniest Venezuelan traditions is to go to mass on December 25th with skateboards, roller skates or even sleds. In Caracas, traffic is even cut off from the most central streets so that young and old can skate to their liking. There are even some who skate to the church for Christmas Eve mass!



During the nine days before Christmas, Mexicans celebrate Las Posadas. This feast is of religious origin and of a very solemn character for the families, who remember the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph from their departure from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where the birth of the baby Jesus took place.

The Mexican streets are filled with the typical red flower: poisenttia. Walking you can also find Christmas stalls and markets with sweets and articles typical of the festivity. A festivity that ends with a piñata. Yes, you have read well! Mexicans have the funny habit of hanging a star-shaped piñata with 7 picks representing capital sins and hitting it blindly to enjoy the sweets, fruits and prizes it has inside all night long. Also, you won’t be able to resist the famous ‘Rosca de Reyes’. Also hidden inside is a surprise: a little plastic representation of the child Jesus and whoever gets it will have to make a party for the Day of the Candlemas in February. Who will get it this year?



In Germany, St. Nicholas is not to be confused with Weihnachtsmann or Santa Claus!

German children are looking forward to the arrival of St. Nicholas on the night of December 6. The night before, they leave their shoes in front of the door. Nicolas travels on a donkey and leaves small gifts such as coins, chocolates, oranges and toys in the shoes of German children who have behaved well. He also gives small gifts or trinkets to children at school or at home in exchange for them reciting a poem, singing a song or drawing a picture.

If, on the other hand, they have done a lot of mischief, the Krampus – between a demon and a satyr – will leave them with dry branches, although the German children are very keen to make sure this doesn’t happen, of course! However, on the 24th, many houses are also visited by Der Weihnachtsmann or Santa Claus, who arrives with more presents.

On the other hand, the older ones will be able to enjoy the well-known Christmas markets. Whoever lives there tells us that the magic that is lived in these little stalls is really hard to find!



In Spain there are several traditions that are carried out every year around this time. One of them is the famous “Gordo de la Navidad” lottery draw. It is celebrated every 22nd of December, economic prizes are distributed and, above all, a lot of illusion!

It is also traditional to drink 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve, 31 December, to the rhythm of the midnight clock bells. Although more than one never has time! In Spain they enthusiastically welcome Santa Claus, but above all, the Three Wise Men. So much so that parades are held all over the country with the Three Wise Men as the protagonists and candies being given to the children. But in Spain the real gift is to be able to enjoy Christmas with the family!



And if this year you haven’t behaved too well… the best thing is that you yourself in person convince the opposite of Santa!

The village of Rovaniemi in Finland has long been the home of Santa Claus. And there’s no more Christmas tourism than what you can do there: visit the decorated village, feed the reindeer, take pictures with the elves and even meet Santa Claus. What more could one ask for at Christmas?




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