Christmas Traditions Around The World

Christmas is my favourite time of year! I’m originally from England, and ever since moving to New Zealand, I have always been super aware of how different Christmas traditions are over here. Sooo, I decided to have a little nosey to see how different countries celebrate this holiday – and it turns out, there are some pretty cool traditions around the world! Here is a little list of how some places around the world celebrate the festive season – enjoy!


Christmas in Russia is celebrated on January 7th! On Christmas Eve, Jan 6th for Russians, families will prepare a 12-dish meal honouring the 12 apostles.


Christmas Eve is the main celebration of the festive period in Finland! It’s traditional to eat rice porridge and plum fruit juice for breakfast on Christmas Eve, before going out to bargain with the christmas tree sellers (they expect you to barter!).


In Bolivia, Christmas is celebrated from Christmas Eve until Epiphany (6th January). Most of the population of Bolivia is Catholic and many people go to a Midnight Mass service on Christmas Eve called the ‘Misa de Gallo’ (Mass of the rooster). After this service, families have a meal together.


Christmas in Venezuela is one of the most colourful in Latin America and the whole world! Firework shows are very popular. It is a common tradition for people to paint their houses two to four weeks before Christmas. Many people believe that if you wear yellow on New Year’s Eve you will have good luck next year.


In Hungary, Christmas Eve is very important and is called ‘Szent-este’ which means Holy Evening. The main Christmas meal, which is also eaten on Christmas eve, consists of fish and cabbage and a special kind of poppy bread/cake called ‘Beigli’. Gingerbread is also a traditionally eaten at Christmas in Hungary.

I hope you enjoyed this quick little festive post! What are some traditions that you use to celebrate Christmas?

As always, love Lyd x

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