Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Around the World

Have you ever wondered how they celebrate Christmas in other countries?

Christmas in Australia
It's hot this time of year in Australia. People shop in shorts and t-shirts, and Santa sometimes arrives on a surfboard! In the city of Melbourne, they have Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve, where tens of thousands of people gather outside to sing Christmas songs.

Christmas in Egypt
On Christmas Eve everyone goes to church wearing a new outfit. The service ends at midnight with the ringing of church bells, before people go home to eat a special Christmas meal known as fata, which includes bread, rice, garlic and boiled meat.

Christmas in the Czech Republic
St. Nicholas is called Svaty Mikalas and is said to climb down to earth from heaven on a golden rope along with his companions: an angel and a whip-carrying devil! I hope you've been good!

Christmas in Germany
Children leave letters on their windowsills for Christkind, a figure with wings dressed in white ropes and a golden crown who gives out gifts. Sometimes the letters are decorated with glue and sprinkled with sugar to make them sparkle.

Christmas in Holland
Farmers in Holland blow long horns at sunset each evening during the season to announce the coming of Christmas.

Christmas in Mexico
Children are blindfolded and swing at a clay piñata, breaking it and scampering to collect the candy that falls out.

All over the world people say "Merry Christmas" in different ways. Here's a list of languages and the words for wishing one another a Merry Christmas. Your activity is to learn a couple of these and tell them to your family! Teach them how to spread holiday cheer in another language!

Arabic: Milad Majid
Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha
Bosnian: (BOSANSKI) Cestit Bozic i Sretna Nova godina
Brazilian: Feliz Natal
Chile: Feliz Navidad
Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun
Chinese: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Danish: Glædelig Jul
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
French: Joyeux Noel
German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
Greek: Kala Christouyenna!
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew: Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hungarian: Kellemes Karasconyi unnepeket
Icelandic: Gledileg Jol
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen

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