The most interesting Christmas traditions in the world
Christmas is celebrated in every corner of the globe, and everywhere this holiday acquires its own traditions, sometimes very interesting, and sometimes - quite strange.
1. In Australia Santa Claus appears on the surf board
Australia is in the southern hemisphere, so the Christmas they fall on the height of summer. And since the heat on the street, no one wants to sit in front of the TV, and directs people to the beach. So it is not surprising that there is a Santa Claus comes from the ocean on a surfboard.
In 1974, the celebration of Christmas coincided with the devastating Cyclone Tracy, which took place along the northern coast and has led more than 60 people to death.
2. In Austria, young men dress up in monster called "Krampus" and roam the streets frightening children
In Austria, Christmas - not only a holiday, but also a reason to rein in unruly children. Young men dressed in a terrible creature which is called "Krampus" - with goat horns, bells and rods. As such, they accompany St. Nicholas (who in this country substitute a Santa Claus and Father Christmas). Good saint gives obedient children gifts, and his opposite Krampus threatens to put those who are not characterized by good conduct, into a bag and take it away in his terrible cave.
3. In Denmark for Christmas made to placate the mischievous elf called Nisse
The Danish family preparing his elf rice pudding or porridge. It is believed that if this is not done, Nisse can steal all the presents before the kids wake up.
4. In Finland, Christmas decided to visit the graves of ancestors
According to the Finnish tradition at Christmas should be all the family to visit the cemetery to have respect for the dead relatives.
5. In France, children bedtime leave their shoes by the fireplace to Pere Noel could fill it with presents
Going to bed on Christmas night, the French children leave shoes by the fireplace. When Pere Noel (Father Christmas French) brings gifts, then lays them in the appropriate shoes and boots, and small toys, fruits and nuts, hanging on the tree.
6. In Britain, children drop out of letters to Father Christmas burning fireplace
British children write their wishes on pieces of paper, but instead of having to send in the mail, thrown into a burning fireplace, hoping the smoke will lift them through the pipe and will carry up to the North Pole. If the letter does not have time to rise and remains on, the child will have to write more.
7. In India instead of Christmas trees decorate mango trees and banana trees
In India, the majority of the population professes Hinduism or Islam, but that a small part of that is celebrating Christmas, dress up in this festival banana palms and mango trees.
8. Mexico decided to beat the dishes in farewell sign with the outgoing year
In the Mexican state of Oaxaca on Christmas decided to organize the procession of lanterns flooded the streets and knock on every door, depicting seeking refuge Mary and Joseph. Reaching the local church, people are hitting the ceramic plates, which symbolizes the farewell to the old year.
9. In Norway hide brooms - that witches do not mischief
The Norwegians believe that on Christmas Eve in the sky, bustling witches and other malevolent spirits. And because the brooms are considered to be the main means of transportation witches, the Norse houses made stash them in secluded areas.
10. In Catalonia, the children "knock out" the gifts of the Christmas log
A few days before Christmas in the homes Catalonia (Spain) placed on special props Christmas log, and to the children of the holiday carefully sheltering it with blankets at night and "fed" day. And in the Christmas log is transferred to a fireplace and children beat him with sticks that fell out of it small gifts.