Christmas Around the World

Today we have learnt that different countries celebrate Christmas in different ways.

In groups, we searched for information from the internet on how different countries celebrate Christmas.

Unlike Malta, Russia celebrates Christmas on the 7th of January.  Holidays start from 31st December and finish on the 10th January.  On Christmas Eve some people fast until the first star appears in the sky.

On Christmas day they eat ‘sochivo’ or ‘kutia’ which is a porridge made from wheat or rice served with honey, poppy seeds, fruit (especially berries and dried fruit like raisins), chopped walnuts or sometimes even fruit jellies.  They eat from the same bowl as it symbolises unity.

In Australia, Christmas is celebrated in summer when summer holidays start.   Due to this, carols which are related to winter and snow are changed to special Australian words related to summer and heat.   Thus the majority of people spend their Christmas day camping and swimming.

In China, Christmas is not celebrated in all countries.  On Christmas Eve people give apples as a symbol for peace.  This is because the word apple is “píngguǒ” in Mandarin which sounds very similar to the word “peace”.  Jingle bells is the most popular carol in China.

Although all these countries celebrate Christmas in different ways, they all unite on such a special day!

Year 5 Dolphins