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UNIQUE CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS: WEIRD OR FASCINATING?

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A famous popular saying goes “The country you go to, the customs you find” and it is especially true when it comes to Christmas traditions around the world. Every country in the world celebrates Christmas differently and there are many traditions that, seen from the outside, seem decidedly inexplicable.

Let’s take a look at some of them.

KRAMPUS, THE ANTI-SANTA CLAUS

In Austria, Germany, Slovenia, and other Central European countries, Krampus is a scary figure who accompanies Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Krampus has horns, a tail, and a long red tongue and is often depicted with a whip or chain. Krampus is said to punish naughty children, while Santa Claus rewards good ones.

THE MIDNIGHT KISS

In Sweden, it is traditional for couples to kiss at midnight on Christmas Eve. This kiss is believed to bring good luck and happiness throughout the year to come.

CHRISTMAS RADISH

In Mexico, it is traditional to decorate radishes during the holiday season. Radishes are carved into animal shapes, Christmas characters, or geometric patterns. The decorated radishes are then displayed in homes and businesses.

CHRISTMAS SAUNA

In Finland, it is traditional to take the Christmas sauna on Christmas Eve. This sauna is believed to help cleanse the body and mind in preparation for the holiday season.

THE KFC OF CHRISTMAS

In Japan, it is traditional to eat KFC fried chicken at Christmas. This is because KFC was the first fast food restaurant to establish itself in Japan in the 1970s and began promoting fried chicken as a festive food.

THE BEFANA

The Befana is a mythological figure who brings gifts to children on the night of the Epiphany, January 6th. The Befana is an old witch who rides a broom and carries a sack full of gifts.

 

The Befana is a unique Italian tradition and does not exist in any other country in the world. The figure of the Befana is a popular figure in Italy and is celebrated in many regions of the country.

Christmas traditions are an important part of every country’s culture. These traditions may be strange or unusual to those unfamiliar with them, but each has its own history and meaning.

The next time you see a Christmas tradition that seems strange to you, stop and think about what it means. Ask about its origin and find out what it represents for the people who celebrate it.

You may find that even though it seems strange at first glance, that tradition has a deep value and meaning that can enrich you.

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