Christmas Around The World: Strange Traditions

Christmas Around The World: Strange Traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Everyone loves Christmas! (Unless you’re a Scrooge, like Jace). But you might be surprised to know, Christmas is different, in different parts of the world! Some countries even hide their brooms to celebrate! (We’ll explain later, promise).

Here’s some weird and wonderful traditions from all around the world…

Sweden – Gävle Goat

Since 1966, to celebrate advent, Swedish residents have built a 13-metre-tall Yule Goat in the centre of Gävle’s Castle Square. And since we all know how much Sweden loves a challenge (we’re looking at you, IKEA furniture instructions), the fun doesn’t stop there. Since 1966, visitors have repeatedly tried to burn the goat down, totalling 29 successful attempts to date, most recently in 2016.

You can check out the Goat via a live video stream on the Visit Gävle website, to see if it gets burnt down this year too.

Japan – KFC For Christmas Dinner

Aside from few festive traditions, such as gift giving and light displays, Christmas has never been a spectacle in Japan. So why should a Christmas Dinner be any different? As advertised on the KFC Japan website, residents have made their own tradition – a cheeky KFC on Christmas Day. Brb, booking a flight to Japan.

Noway – Hide Your Brooms

It’s been said that the occasional Norweigan believes evil spirits and witches arrive on Christmas Eve. So naturally, they hide their brooms during the festive period, to prevent them being stolen and used for transport. Well, if a broom is cheaper than car insurance…

Venezuela – Roller Blade To Church

Christmas is great. But you know what it’s missing? Roller skates. Venezuela gets it. They’re on board. For unknown reasons, venezuelans roller skate to church on Christmas Eve. It’s so popular, roads even close to make sure participants are safe. Quite surprising there’s no Olympic event for it, really.

Words: Natasha Fountain | Featured Photo: Payoneer

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