So glad to have you here in 2023. For some people, this is the time to make sumptuous meals, bake difficult-to-drop cookies and have family and friends over to enjoy these meals with.
However, did you know there are places where Christmas aren’t celebrated the way you do? There’s always something extra and that’s what makes them unique.
Let IBIENE take you on a unique Christmas journey around the world.
Next, jet off to Mexico, where the streets come alive with vibrant colours during Las Posadas. Communities re-enact Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay, fostering a sense of unity and hospitality. To make it more unique, residents of the city of Oaxaca, conduct a vegetable carving competition where participants get pretty creative, with everything from nativity scenes to fantastical monsters on display as thousands of visitors pour into the city to witness the fun. They do this using radishes that are specially grown specially and pumped with chemicals to grow bigger than usual. Unfortunately, these works can only be displayed for a few hours before the vegetables wither away.
In Australia, the season takes an unconventional twist as families gather on the beach for a sun-soaked Christmas picnic. Surfing Santas and kangaroo-shaped decorations redefine the holiday spirit down under.
Over in Japan, the focus shifts to KFC, with families indulging in a finger-licking-good Christmas feast—a quirky tradition that has become a nationwide sensation. To many of us, KFC is an everyday/quick meal affair but to these Asian brothers and sisters, it’s a big deal on Christmas.
Now we’re in Norway and it gets quirkier. Norwegians believe that Christmas Eve coincides with the arrival of evil spirits and witches. It is only logical then, that Norwegian householders hide all their brooms before they go to sleep. After all, nothing spoils Christmas quicker than finding your broom in broken pieces at the foot of a tree, trashed by some joy-riding witch.
Lastly, immerse yourself in the ethereal beauty of Ethiopia, where Christmas, known locally, as Ganna, is celebrated with unique religious ceremonies, vibrant processions, and traditional music that echo through the ancient churches.
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