Holiday Traditions Around the World

Many Americans are familiar with the classic holiday traditions. Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Christmas feasts, and Hanukkah are all quite common traditions throughout the nation. Though it may seem like everyone in the world does the same things as us Americans, many countries have their own special traditions.

To begin with, one of Japan’s most loved traditions is eating KFC for Christmas dinner. Since Christmas is a very American holiday, many Japanese eat the most “American” food they can find.

Across the world, in the country of Norway, people hide all their brooms on Christmas Eve. In Norway it is believed that evil spirits and witches come out on that night, to prevent this they hide their brooms to make sure that the witches don’t take them and fly away.

In the small country of Wales, carolers bring interesting gifts for their audiences. When caroling they have someone in the group put on the skull of a dead horse. Around the communities this site is not an unusual one to see during the holiday season, one person will get the lucky task of wearing the skull.  On Christmas trees in Ukraine, spiderwebs can be found as ornaments or decorations. It’s believed in Ukraine that spiderwebs bring good luck to those who display them.

All in all, holiday traditions vary all around the globe. From KFC, to dead horse skulls, each country/community has their own holiday traditions they participate in. Remember that Christmas is supposed to be a selfless holiday this season. Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Kwanzaa and more!

By Jenna Westenskow

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