The United States of America has a lot of traditions during Christmas time because it is populated by so many cultures. A traditions include: making gingerbread houses, caroling, and families decorating the outside of their homes with lights and statues of Santa and reindeers, according to whychristmas.com.
Churches in some areas have special Christmas events where they get members to join in a reenactment of the nativity scene.
According to whychristmas.com, some people fast on Christmas Eve and don’t eat until they see the first star in the sky. Then people eat a porridge called sochivo or kutia that is made from wheat or rice and is served with honey, poppy seeds, and fruits.
Children in some areas will also go caroling around houses in their neighborhoods to wish people a happy New Year. In return, the children are given money, cookies, or sweets.
One Christmas traditions in the Philippines is called the parol. According to whychristmas.com, a parol is a lantern in the shape of a star made with a wooden frame. The parol is a representation of the star that guided the wise men to Jesus.
Another Filipino Christmas tradition is the Noche Buena. Noche Buena is a feast that Filipinos usually have on Christmas Eve, and it is a time where friends and families gather and share all the food they prepared for the occasion, according to thespruceeats.com.
Food like hamon [ham], and queso de bola [cheese], pancit, fried chicken, and spaghetti are some of the popular dishes prepared during the Christmas season.
“[We] also do Christmas caroling [around] our neighborhood, including the people who are not members, maybe to Muslims or other religions,” shared Naraputraka.
In Indonesia, Christmas trees and colorful lights surround shopping malls in the country. Despite Indonesia being populated by more Muslims than Christians, Christians still celebrate Christmas. There are Christmas themed concerts and an annual Christmas celebration is held by the Indonesian government, which is then broadcasted nationwide, according to whychristmas.com.
Kawamura also said during December, a lot of Kentucky Fried Chicken, commonly known as KFC, commercials are played on televisions in Japan. Her parents sometimes bought chicken for the family and she said the Japanese started associating KFC with Christmas.
According to Business Insider, there are not a lot of Christmas traditions in Japan because there were not a lot of people who practiced Christianity. So KFC started promoting their brand in the 1970s with the message, “At Christmas, you eat chicken.”
The tradition became so big that nowadays, people are told to plan and order their meals in advance, so they would not have to wait in line for hours.
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