- In this country kids put wooden shoes outside their doors on December 6th, and find little gifts in them when they wake up in the morning.
ANSWER: Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, and other countries in Northern Europe.
- In which country is Santa Claus called “Dun Che Lao Ren?”
ANSWER: China. It translates to “Christmas Old Man.” Chinese children also decorate their trees with paper ornaments shaped like flowers, chains, and lanterns.
- In which country did Hanukkah originate?
ANSWER: Judea which is now known as Israel. During Hanukkah there are 8 days, and each night, one light on a menorah is lit and a prayer is said.
- Kwanzaa celebrates the first harvests on this continent.
ANSWER: Africa. Kwanzaa traditionally begins December 26th. Families exchange gifts and have African feasts and festivities.
- In this country, New Year’s Eve is called Omisoka. It is the second most important holiday of the year after New Year’s Day.
- ANSWER: Japan. Omisoka symbolizes a new beginning. Japanese families gather for a late dinner around 11pm, and at midnight many visit a shrine or temple.
- In this country, Boxing Day marks the custom of giving Christmas boxes containing food or money to family servants or workers.
ANSWER: England and Canada. (Nope – it’s not celebrating a boxing match like I used to think!)
- On the fifth day of Diwali (also known as the Festival of Lights), brothers give gifts to their sisters. In what country did Diwali originate?
- On December 13 in this country, girls dress up as St. Lucia and wear a crown of candles on their heads.
ANSWER: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and other Baltic countries.
- Las Posadas, a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging before the baby Jesus was born, is celebrated in which country?
ANSWER: Mexico, Guatemala, and other Latin American countries.
What do you guys celebrate? Do you have any cool traditions? Drop a line in the Comments below!
—Ratha, Stacks Writer