Christmas – is an award event in many countries around the world. Here are the three countries, Alaska, Africa and Australia, all of them located in various regions of the world and each has its own unique traditions and holidays. Here are some of their fascinating traditions and celebrations.
Alaska – "Keeping the stars" – a traditional Christmas procession. Young and old carry exquisitely decorated mishurnyya wheel with eight points, usually as large as umbrellas. They highlighted the central way or angel, or den. They are carried for three nights from January 7th to icy snowy roads. The stars are the angels who announced the birth of Christ. Seven & # 39; and lovingly maintain the stars. Some over a hundred years!
Africa – In Africa, about 350 million Christians, celebrate Christmas. The emphasis is more on the religious celebration of the birth of Christ, and not on the donation. Although the most common gift (if not more) – a new dress that will be worn at a church service. People in many African countries, such as the Central African Republic (CAR), Uganda, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, think that it is obligatory to attend church on Christmas Day, even if they never visit the rest of the year. Annually, there are Christmas theatrical events, as well as kalyadachak group who sing carols near the villages.
Churches in Africa start intense preparations for Christmas many months before. No one escapes feeling yuletydy, as it was said that he felt that the whole country is preparing for the birth of the baby Jesus with a joyful and active community preparation! The streets come alive music, as well as on radio and television and that, wherever you looked! People are happy to visit their friends and relatives in the spirit of community celebration regardless of religious beliefs. Usually you can see the brightly painted and decorated trucks, cars and buses, as well as homes, schools, churches and neighborhoods often boasting creative festive displays made of maroon colored papers. Colorful and alive with joyous celebration with a & # 39 is Africa! Ancient and spectacular masquerades under the name "Agugu" are now playing an important role in Christmas celebrations. Usually, after service on the eve of Christmas is a joyous procession of dance and music in the streets, which lead local groups with dancing maskaraderami (usually young guys dressed in fancy and colorful costumes) and Christmas revelers. Users will be pleased with the big fancy lanterns, which are called "fanaly", usually in the form of houses or boats.
In Ghana Christmas dinner is not complete without fufu (a thick dough like food) and bamya soup and in Liberia rice, beef and biscuits – agenda. Zimbabwe make sure that there is plenty of bread, jam and coffee, to eat together with their prized goat meat, which is a & # 39 is their traditional Christmas hot. On the west coast of Africa, most homes have an oil palm for a Christmas tree.
Austria – St. Nicholas is widely honored and & # 39 is the day of his feast on 6 December. In Austria this holiday apart from Christmas. He appears in his traditional dress with a rolling coat and high-Bishop, who is a shepherd and a thick book. It is believed that good and bad deeds of children are recorded in his book! Once there was a tradition to arrange an elaborate ceremony on Christmas Eve where Christmas Eve, St. Nicholas and the feared Ruprecht (demonic creature that wears the skin is glowing eyes and a long red tongue). Children gather together and sing a hymn to greet the saint. Then the children take turns joining the saint at the family table, where he checks his lessons, and then asked to repeat the prayer, he said. It ends when the children kiss his episcopal ring, when he tells them to go to place shoes and look at them, when the clock strikes ten! Ruprecht stands over the door and watching every move kids! Before St. Nicholas leaves he blesses the children, as he sprayed them with holy water, and then gently and quickly dispatched. Then the children with great excitement hastened to flee to place shoes outside the house. When you hit ten children run out into the street to find their shoes filled with treats of apples and nuts!
Austria – predominantly Catholic country, the famous country music sound, and the birthplace of Mozart, Strauss and Schubert. The Christmas celebration includes "Opening Concert Series" in Innsbruck. It presents the family groups of singers and instrumentalists, similar to the famous "Something & # 39; nd Trapp" from "The Sound of Music." Another famous Christmas party – in Salzburg, where the hottest ticket of the season – "Salburger Adventsingen". This program Advent music and folklore, which began more than half a century ago. Every year they get more than 100 000 requests in the award-winning 30,000 tickets available for admission. The carp fish fed to conventional Christmas meal.
Austria is famous for its miniature paintings from the nursery. Practically in all seven & # 39; pits have nursery with miniature figurines holy something & # 39; and often includes several animals. Cracks are many hundreds of years, treasured heirlooms that are passed from generation to generation!
Holiday Vadohryshchanstva Austria – boys and girls on the day of the Epiphany (which remember the three wise men from the east who has recently sought the birth of Jesus) are dressed in oriental costumes and sing traditional songs. They move from house to house to give small gifts, including money. They carry a lantern, which is called "burning star of Bethlehem" to guide them on their way. Popularly see people kreydavali initials of the wise men "CMB" (Casper, Melchior, Balthasar) on dashchankah their doors!
Merry Krampus Day tradition in Austria – Salzburg 5 December known as Krampus Day. Krampus is considered to be an evil spirit. He usually wears a puhoe bag, wearing reindeer antlers, a mask with a long red tongue and bulging red eyes and carries a rod of birch. He plays on the street loud racket using huge pillows and brazgayuchyya chain when he shouts menacingly at visitors. Thousands, including many children, crowd the streets to watch the medieval event. Lots of laughter and cheerful smiles when children and adults see Krampus, they throw snow balls at this menacing figure. In the city every year, "Krampus Run" held a fun and much teasing, poking and laughter. It is said that the purpose of Krampus – remind children to be good!
Recently, in some communities Krampus actor has to wear a number so that they can identify them under the masks in the event of loss of control. It is known that some addicted after beating a few too many schnapps and beer. Large Austrian child psychiatrist in favor of a ban Krampus. He believes that he is "cheerful old fright" for children. However, there were few known cases of "Krampus trauma"!
Australia – Christmas falls in the middle of summer, and the heat can exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. People usually spend kebabs for main doors on Christmas Day, and often parks and beaches come to life when the family held a feast. On rare Christmas barbecue, which almost always follows the most popular desert of Australia, Christmas Day barbecue, which is almost always followed by Australia, you can find thongs, shorts, beer in hand and santa hat on the head chef (usually the father in the family & # 39; s). Pavlova ". It is as light and delicate as Anna Pavlova, the famous Russian ballerina, for which she was named.
Australian carols by candlelight – Australian Service carols on Christmas Eve in 1937, undertook a radio announcer Norman Banks. Notable performers gather to sing "Carols by Candlelight", which is held in Melbourne each year. A very popular annual event, which was broadcast across the country. Carols are performed on stage in front of a large audience, where thousands attend outdoors, holding lighted candles.
Beach visits Christmas in Australia – up to 40 thousand people during Christmas visit Bondi Beach in Sydney! In Australia, there comes the middle of summer, and with an increasing level of heat on the barbecue lunch on the beach and swimming is popular waiting for Santa to come by boat on Christmas day!