It’s almost that wonderful day when every human being from every corner of the world waits to have. For this day, people prepare to live with unlimited joy and merrier, even chilling winter can’t stop them.
Whether you are celebrating your own religious festivals, like Hanukkah, Eid, Puja or Christmas, everyone makes sure to celebrate their own traditional or ritual at the very best to make it a special one. So, this Christmas, every corner of the world will be brightened by every human. It’ll be loud, it’ll be oodles, it’ll be fun!
Today, we’ve gathered some of world’s most wonderful and weird Christmas traditions which are being celebrated throughout the world for hundreds of years.
Giant Lantern Festival, Philippines
The Giant Lantern Festival is a festive celebration celebrated in the Philippines. Each year on a Saturday before the Christmas this light-works takes in position in the city of San Fernando. San Fernando is called the capital of Christmas in the Philippines. This dazzling beauty attracts tourists from all over the world as well as from all over the country. This lantern festive is organized and performed by Eleven villages and a competition is held for the most elaborated lantern. Traditionally each lantern was made of Japanese origami paper and bamboo frames and lit by candles and they were around half a meter in diameter and really hard to make. But nowadays these lanterns are made of a variety of materials like handmade papers, bamboo or steel frames, colored plastics, and 5000 electric bulbs to make them shine in the dark. They also have gone longer in diameter, more than six meters.
Gävle Goat, Sweden
To celebrate the Advent, the Swedish people have been building a giant 13 meters tall Yule Goat since the year 1966. They build it at the center of Gävle’s Castle Square. But since this tradition has hit the people of Swedish, another ritual coped by them with this goat. People try to burn the goat down. And since 1966, the goat has burned down successfully 29 times. The most recent burn down occurred in 2016.
Unfortunately, this year the burndown has been done on December 1st, next year you can either see it live by going to Sweden or see the flares live streaming here.
A devil-like creature roaming on the streets and frightening the children can be seen on the street of St. Nicholas’s street. At a first glance, They are meant to punish the bad spirits just like Halloween. But actually, it is not like that. Actually what they do according to Austrian tradition is, they reward good little boys and girls while capturing the naughtiest one in his sack and sweeping them. In the first week of December, young men dress up as a monster Krampus and frighten children with chains and balls.
The Yule Lads, Iceland
In the 13 days leading to Christmas, 13 funny faced characters come out to play in Iceland. The Yule Lads visits the whole country to come in contact with the children for the 13 nights leading to Christmas. For each and every night of Yuletide, children place their best shoes by the window and in the nigh Yule visits their house leaving new gifts for nice boys and rotten potatoes for the naughty one.
Dressed up with the traditional Icelandic costume they are often named by the troubles they would like to occur like, Door-Slammer, Doorway-Sniffer, Meat-Hook or Candle-Stealer.
Saint Nicholas’ Day, Germany
Don’t confuse it with the Weihnachtsmann (Father Christmas) as the Nicholas travel by donkey in the night at December 6 to deliver little gifts like oranges, chocolates, coins or toys in the shoes left by the children by the window. It happens all over Germany but especially in the Bavarian region. At the daytime, St. Nicholas also visits schools or homes to listen to little poems, songs or see some drawing from children in exchange for sweets or small gifts. This is the good side of out St. Nicholas. But St. Nicholas often comes with a bad guy named Knecht Ruprecht. Knecht Ruprecht is a devil like character wearing a black cloth covering with bells along with the dirty beard. What he does is, punish any child with his stick or small whip who misbehaves.
Maybe the most unconventional Christmas Eve conventions can be found in Norway, where individuals conceal their sweepers. It’s a ritual that started a very long time back when people trusted that witches and malevolence spirits turned out on Christmas Eve searching for floor brushes or sweepers to ride on. Right up ’til the present time, numerous individuals still shroud their floor brushes in the most secure place in the house to prevent them from being stolen.