Christmas is celebrated in a variety of ways, depending on which side of the world you are in. While the tradition differs from one country to another, there are also many things common to every celebration. These include the Christmas tree lighting, singing of Christmas carols, the Nativity scene, to name just a few.
Christmas is one of the most important periods in the Christian calendar. It is ushered in by the Season of Advent, the four Sundays before Christmas. So how do people in different nations mark their Christmas season. Let us take a look.
In the Philippines, the Christmas season starts with nine days of dawn masses which runs from the 16th of December until the dawn of Christmas Eve. People try hard to complete all the nine days as it is believed that their wish will come true if they do so. For this reason, people brave the cold dawn wearing cheap custom team jackets just to be able to attend the mass.
In the state of Arizona in the United States, a procession called Las Posadas is celebrated for nine evenings of December starting from the 16th until Christmas Eve. It has been a tradition in Mexico for 400 years. Las Posadas depicts the search of Mary and Joseph for a room at the inn. Chosen families play the part of innkeepers who will let Mary and Joseph in. At the end of the celebration, there will be singing of Christmas carols and children will be breaking star-shaped piñatas filled with custom candies and fruits.
Emptying Towns And Cities
In Nigeria, Christmas day is celebrated by emptying their towns and cities in commemoration of the successful return of Nigerians to their ancestral villages to be with their families and the less fortunate. The West African markets are then filled with people who buy and transport live chicken, goats, and cows that will be needed for the meal. The food is served with alcoholic drinks usually palm wine. Personalized gift set (See samples) in Nigeria may often involve money and gifts to the less fortunate.
Of course, what would the Christmas season be without the traditional gift giving ritual. The origin of giving gifts is actually rooted in the Christmas story itself when the Three Kings gave the Baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Since then, people of all ages from different parts of the world have made the Holidays a time for giving trade show handouts/gifts. Today, gifts range from toys, shoes, gadgets, or business polo shirts with logo.
However which way we celebrate Christmas, let us always remember the person who is celebrating His birthday on this special occasion.
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