The holiday season is in full swing! Traffic is picking up, people are packing stores for those last-minute gifts and the shelves at the supermarket are bare in anticipation of that holiday dinner. Although it can get hectic, the holiday season is a time for family, friends and cheer, no matter the celebration or traditions taking place.
Over the span of three weeks, people worldwide celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, with Christmas being celebrated in more than 160 countries. While many believe Christmas is celebrated every year on December 25th, in different countries, Christmas lasts more than one day and is even celebrated on other dates! Around the world, Santa goes by many different names and each country celebrates differently with unique traditions of their own.
For many people, the holiday season is a religious celebration, but for others it is a time to spread happiness. Japan is one of those countries, adopting several customs from the United States, including the sending and receiving of cards and presents. It’s the busiest time of the year for fast food restaurants there, as fried chicken is often eaten on Christmas Day.
No matter the holiday, each has at least one thing in common; a traditional holiday meal. In Australia, most families enjoy a Christmas lunch consisting of barbeque with seafood under the hot, summer sun. 7,500 miles away in Israel, Hanukkah traditions include foods such as sufganiyot (jelly donuts), latkes (potato pancakes) and a variety of dairy products in honor of the Jewish heroine, Judith (Yehudit).
To view more of the holiday traditions from around the world, check out the infographic below.
From all of us at MadgeTech, we wish you a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year!