Christmas – Unique Celebrations and Traditions in Alaska, Africa and Australia!


Christmas with the & # 39 is a remarkable event in many countries around the world. Here are three of the country, in Alaska, Africa and Australia all located in very different parts of the world, and each of them has its own unique traditions and holidays. Here are some of their fascinating traditions and holidays.

Alaska – "Carrying the stars" with a & # 39 is the traditional Christmas procession. Young and old are ornate tinsel trimmed wheels with eight points, usually as big as umbrellas. They stand out from the central picture, or an angel, or a den. They are rented for three days from January 7th over icy snow topped roads. The stars are the angels who announced the birth of Christ. Seven & # 39; and lovingly support the star. Some of them are more than a hundred years!

Africa – there are about 350 million Christians in Africa who celebrate Christmas. The emphasis is more on the religious holidays of Christ and # 39; s birth, not gift giving. Although the most common gift (if nothing else) is new clothes that will be worn for church service. People in many African countries, such as the Central African Republic (CAR), Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo believe that it is absolutely necessary to go to church for Christmas, even if they do not attend the rest of the year. Annual Christmas competition, as well as a group of chanting singing Christmas carols in the villages now with the & # 39 is part of the festivals.

The Church in Africa are beginning to intestinal preparations for Christmas many months before. No one will escape the Christmas feelings, as it was said that it feels like the whole country is preparing for the birth of the baby Jesus with so joyful and active community preparation going on! The streets are alive with music as well as radio, television, and just about anywhere you look! People are happy to visit their friends and relatives in the spirit of the celebration of the community, regardless of their religious beliefs. It is normal to see the bright and decorated trucks, cars and buses, as well as residential homes, schools, churches and districts often show creativity festive representations made to strengthen the color of paper. Colorful and alive with joyous celebration with a & # 39 is Africa! Ancient and spectacular masquerades locally called «Agugu» now play an important role in Christmas celebrations. Usually held after the service a joyful Christmas Eve procession of music and dance through the streets leading local bands with dancing masks (usually young boys dressed in beautiful and colorful costumes) and Christmas revelers. People parade with large intricately of lights called «Fanals», as a rule, in the form of houses or boats.

In Ghana Christmas dinner is not complete without Fufu (thick dough like food) and okra soup and in Liberia rice, beef and biscuits agenda. Zimbabwe & # 39; s make sure that & # 39; many seconds of bread, jam and tea to eat of them valuable goat, which is a & # 39 is their traditional Christmas roast. On the west coast of Africa, most of the houses have palm oil for the Christmas tree.

Austria – St Nicholas is widely honored and & # 39; appears on his feast day, December 6. In Austria this holiday apart from Christmas. He & # 39 is in their traditional dress flowing robe and tall Bishop & # 39; s miter carrying a shepherd & # 39, S employees and a thick book. It is believed that good and bad deeds of children are recorded in his book! It was once a tradition to hold an elaborate ceremony on Christmas Eve, where St. Nicholas and the feared Ruprecht (demonic creature that wears the skin is glowing eyes and a long red tongue) both of & # 39 is Christmas Eve. Children gather together and sing a hymn to greet the Seine. Then the children alone to join the Saint at a family table where he checks their books lesson, ask them to repeat the prayer he says. It ends with the children kissing his diocesan ring while he tells them to go place their shoes outside, then look at them, when the clock struck & # 39; by ten! Ruprecht stands over the door, watching Children's every move! By St. Nicholas leaves he blesses the children as he sprinkles them with holy water, and then gently and quickly leaves. Children with great excitement quickly run to put the shoes out. In the course of ten children running in the street, to find shoes, filled with fears of apples and nuts!

Austria with the & # 39 is a predominantly Catholic country renamed the ground the sound of music, and Mozart's House, Strauss and Schubert. In the Christmas holidays with the & # 39 is "Advent Concert Series" in Innsbruck. He has a family group of singers and instrumentalists, similar to the famous "Trapp the Family" from "The Sound of Music." Another famous Christmas celebration in Salzburg, where the hottest ticket for the season «Salburger Adventsingen». This is a program of the Adventist music and folklore, which began more than half a century ago. They receive more than 100,000 requests each year for expensive 30,000 tickets available for the reception. carp fish served on a traditional Christmas dinner.

Austria is famous for its miniature figures of the manger. Almost all of the seven & # 39; and have a nursery with miniature figures of the holy family and often several animals included. Many nurseries for hundreds of years, cherished heirlooms handed down from one generation to another!

Austrian & # 39; s Christmas holidays – boys and girls on the day of the Epiphany (reminiscent of the Three Wise Men from the East, who were looking for the newborn Jesus) dress in oriental costumes and sing traditional songs. They move from house to house to receive small gifts, including gifts of money. They carry a lantern called "lighted star of Bethlehem" to guide them on their way. It is popular to see people chalk the initials sages «CMB» (Casper, Melchior, Balthasar) on the transom of their doorways!

Austria & # 39; fun Krampus Day tradition – in Salzburg on December 5 known as Krampus Day. Krampus is believed to be an evil spirit. He is usually dressed in wrinkting fur, wearing reindeer antlers, a mask with a long red tongue and bulging red eyes and carries Birchwood rod. He storms the street with loud racket using huge bells and rattling chains as he shouts menacingly viewer. Thousands, including many children crowd the streets to watch the medieval event. With great laughter and merry making, where children and adults see Krampus, they throw snowballs at this menacing figure. In the city each year, "Krampus Run» performed with gusto and a lot of teasing, poking and laughter. It is said that the goal is to password Register remind children to be good!

Recently, in some communities Krampus actors must wear a number so that they can be identified in accordance with their masks, in case they are free to manage. It has been known for some to get carried away after downing a few too many schnapps or beer. Renowned Austrian child psychiatrist has been arguing for a ban on password Register. He believes that it & # 39; s «jolly old fright" for children. However, there have been several reported cases of "Krampus trauma"!

Australia – Christmas falls in the middle of summer and the heat can be more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. She & # 39 is common for people to keep out the door barbecues for the main Christmas feast and often parks and beaches teeming with some & # 39; and feasting place. It is not uncommon to see flops, shorts, beer in hand and Santa hat on the chef (usually parents in the family & # 39; s) per day BBQ Christmas, which is almost always going to Australia & # 39; s favorite desert "Pavlova". It's like a light and unique as Anna Pavlova, the famous Russian ballerina, for which it is named after.

Australian Carols by candlelight – an Australian Christmas Eve carol service started in 1937 by radio announcer Norman bank. Notable performers gather to sing "carols by candlelight", which was held in Melbourne each year. Hugely popular annual event on television across the nation. Carols are performed on the stage of a huge audience, where thousands attend outdoors holding lit candles.

Beach visits Christmas in Australia – up to 40,000 people visit Bondi Beach in Sydney on Christmas Day! It's the middle of summer in Australia and rising levels of heat beach barbecue lunches and swimming with the & # 39 is popular while waiting for Santa to arrive by boat at Christmas!