By Jada Archie
Many people know what Christmas is like in America, but what about in other parts of the world? People celebrate Christmas in a variety of ways around the world.
Christmas in Spain is very lively. Most people go to La Misa Del Gallo (the mass of the rooster). It is called this because on the night Jesus was born it is believed a rooster crowed. This service is on Christmas Eve. The main holiday meal is eaten on Christmas Eve as well before the service. On Christmas Eve the most common meal is a stuffed turkey. On Christmas everyone eats seafood! After the midnight service people walk around carrying torches beating on drums and playing guitars. One thing most commonly said is “Esta noche es noche buena, y no es noche de dormir.” This means that tonight is the good night and is not meant for sleep!
In China only about 1% of the people are Christians so Christmas is only celebrated in major cities. Lights are hung up in the streets as well as Christmas trees in department stores. Santa is called “Shen Dao Lao Ren.” People go around caroling and singing songs. A tradition that’s becoming popular is giving apples on Christmas Eve. Stores have apples wrapped up in colored paper for sale. Everyone gives good wishing of a Merry Christmas “Sheng Dan Kuai Le” as they say.
Christmas is celebrated in even the farthest countries. Some countries have their own ways and traditions while other countries have adopted our ways. Either way Christmas is celebrated by many around the globe.