No matter what part of the world you live in, you’re sure to have your own selection of rituals so as to make all the festivities and celebrations special. With Christmas being one of the most special occasion, it has a number of customs related to it. Some are as simple as placing a plate full of cookies and a glass of milk for the Santa or as weird as the ones practiced in these parts of the world:
The Scandinavians believe in the Norse mythology, wherein the God Thor rode around in a chariot pulled by goats. Also, according to the Christians there, goats are symbolized as demonic creatures. So, as a part of the holiday season celebrations, huge statues of goats are erected and often set on fire so as to ward off all the negativity.
All of us, without fail, thank God for all the blessings amidst celebrations. However, the families in Finland do something more than what we do. They usually visit the graves of their ancestors and relatives on Christmas Eve so as to celebrate the joyous occasion with their blessings as well. They often l place candles in honor of their deceased family members.
It’s normal for the families to be preparing all those mouthwatering delicacies especially desserts on Christmas. The residents of Britain do the same. But when it comes to the Christmas pudding, they have their own, unique way of preparing it. According to an age-old Christmas tradition, every member of the family is supposed to stir the mix clockwise while making a wish. They often add a coin or ring into the mixture. Thereafter, whoever ends up having the coin or the ring on his/her plate is said to be showered with good luck for the new year.
The Welsh Christmas ritual is quite an astounding one. People here are seen parading through the streets bearing the skull of a mare on the end of a stick on the Christmas eve. It is believed that doing so symbolizes the passing of the darkest days of midwinter.
In Colombia, the occasion of Christmas is merrily called as “Little Candles’ Day”. The festival is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception. According to the custom followed here, people are supposed to place candles and paper lanterns in their windows, balconies and front yards. The houses draped in beautiful lights make up for a stunning view on the Christmas eve.
Hope you loved learning about these unusual Christmas traditions practiced in different parts of the world!