Christmas is knocking the doors. It is the most wonderful time of the year where winter feels unexpectedly good and people look happier. What is not expected, that Christmas is not celebrated the same way worldwide. Not all the nations celebrate Christmas with Santa who brings the gifts under the tree. Christmas in some countries is celebrated even without Christmas decorations. In this article, we will show you 4 of the most bizarre ways people celebrate Christmas around the world.
Christmas celebrations in Sweden
In Sweden, people may celebrate Christmas with Christmas decorations normally but not in Gävle. Since 1966, Swedish people of Gävle started this Christmas tradition of erecting a Yule goat out of straws at the middle of Castle Square in central Gävle. Since 1986 two Yule Goats started to be built in Gävle. One by A group of businessmen known as the Southern Merchants and another Yule Goat built by the Natural Science Club. What is more interesting about the Gävle Goat is that it was burnt 29 times since they started this tradition and nobody knows what the reason behind burning it is and who is behind this action.
Christmas celebrations in Austria
In Austria Christmas is not as jolly as in North America or even worldwide. In the folklore of the Austrian Alps, a Bad Santa takes the stage every year. Austrian might as well celebrate Christmas happily but with the presence of Krampus. Krampus is the evil accomplice of Santa who roams the town during the Christmas season and punishes children who have misbehaved. Krampus is a horned creature described as half-goat and half-demon based on the Austrian Alps folklore. Don’t you think this is one of the strangest Christmas traditions?
Christmas celebrations in Norway
In Norway, people celebrate Christmas normally with all the Christmas rituals and Christmas decorations that decorates the city everywhere. But it might not be the same in the remote coastal towns. There is a tradition of hiding brooms during the Christmas season. And the reason behind this is very interesting, it is because Norwegians long ago believed that witches and mischievous spirits come out on Christmas Eve and would steal their brooms to ride it. Strange, isn’t it?
Christmas celebrations in Philippines
We all love the lights of Christmas decorations, but not as much as the Philippines. In San Fernando aka the “Christmas Capital of the Philippines “every year they hold The Giant Lantern Festival on the Saturday before Christmas Eve. This festival attracts visitors from all over the Philippines and even foreigners. Eleven villages compete together in the festival on who creates the bigger lantern and the compaction is fierce between them all. This is more interesting than strange but considered a new way to celebrate Christmas anyway.
If you are looking to experience more bizarre Christmas celebrations you might need to travel to Japan and enjoy a KFC Christmas dinner as the Japanese do every Christmas recently, or enjoy a St. Nicholas day in Germany. But if you thought to skip bizarre traditions and decided to celebrate Christmas the known joi-ful way with too many Christmas decorations, a Christmas tree and Christmas gifts for your loved ones, joi has got you covered with a very wide selection of Christmas gifts and Christmas decorations to light up your season. Always remember, it does not matter how you celebrate Christmas, what matters the most is to celebrate joi-fully and merry.
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