The holiday spirit is in the air everywhere. The whole year we are waiting for Christmas to finally relax, finish all our work tasks and be in the family circle. We already smell the delicious taste of Christmas dishes and wait with excitement to the present we are going to get.
Interestingly enough, it’s not how Christmas is celebrated everywhere. Whereas some countries perceive the holiday as a religious one, others organize huge festivals and party for weeks. In the same time, some countries ignore the holiday itself as it doesn’t find a place in their culture.
You may want to spend the Christmas with your mail-order bride this year. Or even if you celebrate the holiday separately, it’s lovely to know, what are traditions and customs in her homeland. That’s why we gathered all the useful information you might need in the ultimate guide below.
Common Christmas Traditions
Asian countries are not dominated by Christians, therefore it is relative calm there during the festivity. It is only Philippines and South Korea, who get a day off on Christmas and spend it in a family fold. Respectively, other countries don’t forbid Christmas, but don’t pay much attention to it.
Christmas is not included in the traditional Chinese calendar. That is why you won’t see original celebration on Christmas with a delicious festive dinner and a gift-giving. However, in the main cities, there are quite a lot of decorations and ornaments, indicating that it’s holiday time, especially in the windows of department shops.
Young people are more likely to celebrate a holiday than adults, but for them, it’s more about romantic time spent with a partner, rather than a family gathering and especially, a religious holiday. So if you are dating a Chinese mail-order bride be ready to explain her the traditions in your family and accept the fact that she is not looking forward to the holiday as much as you do.
In Japan people might get a day off on Christmas, but not because of the holiday itself, rather due to the Emperor's birthday on the 23rd of December.
Japan doesn’t have a huge influence from Christianity or Western countries in terms of Christmas, that is why it is also not a widespread holiday. However, young people use the occasion to spend some time with their partners, similarly to Valentine’s Day we have.
Like China and Japan, Vietnam doesn’t have Christmas in its traditional holidays. However, in the Ho Chi Minh City, you can see Christmas trees or some decorations and Christians, visiting Catholic Cathedral. All in all, for Vietnamese, is just an ordinary day, during which they stick to the routine.
Thai people don’t even get a day off on Christmas as this holiday is not marked in their calendar either. So if you decide to visit your mail-order bride on festivity, you should be aware that no special arrangements will be made for you. For Thai, 25th of December is just another working day. However, here you get a chance to tell your mail-order bride about the holiday and maybe she will like some of the traditions you have.
On the contrary to all the countries mentioned, Philippines are crazy about Christmas and celebrate it as long as possible. Not only December is their finest season, but also the majority of the population are Christians.
In the Philippines the fest starts taking place on the 16th of December last till January. Among the common traditions are going to Masses, preparing dinner, giving gifts and gather with families.
South Korea also celebrates Christmas with joy and delight. Here people don’t go to work on a holiday and instead spend time with the closest people.
If coming to South Korea, you will see decorations everywhere. Department stores brighten up their windows and people make their home look cozy and festive. Exchanging gifts is also a part of the tradition on Christmas there. An interesting point here is that Koreans tend to give money as a present.
A lot of mail-order brides come from Eastern Europe. The countries there are known for their conservatism in traditions, that is why Christmas is a crucial and meaningful holiday there, shrouded with traditions.
n Russia Orthodox Christians prevail, therefore the Christmas is celebrated on the 7th of January. It may seem odd to the Western person at first, but the thing is that people follow the Gregorian calendar in the holiday fests there.
On Christmas Eve Russians usually attend church services at midnight. On the next day, they can enjoy delicious food, including meat. Before Christmas people tend to fest a, therefore, exclude a lot of ingredients from their daily meals.
In post-soviet countries Christmas is thought to be a high religious holiday, to be spent with family. New Year, in turn, is a fest, during which people have fun and party.
Unlike Russia, in Ukraine there are Orthodox, Catholics, and Greek-Catholics. Thus, there are two official public holidays on Christmas: on the 25th of December for Catholics and Greek-Catholics and 7th of January for the Orthodox. The traditions in celebration depend on the region, but the common things are singing Christmas carols, preparing dinner with 12 dishes and going to church services.
Christmas in Ukraine is a religious and family-oriented holiday. However, in big cities, people don’t tend to follow the original traditions of celebrating strictly.
At last, celebrations in South America are always loud and fun. They last from dusk till dawn even when it comes to Christmas. Here is what you should know about celebrations there.
In Mexico Christmas lasts from the end of December till January. Interestingly enough, the Christmas Eve here falls on 16th of December. The crucial ceremony is the “Possada” processions – children visit houses, sing carols and ask for shelter. It all comes back to the story of Joseph and Mary looking for a place to stay. Door after door children hears rejections when finally they are let to come in. Then they pray and the fest begins.
Also, it’s hard to imagine Christmas in Mexico without fireworks and lights. Plus, instead of a Christmas tree, you are more like to find “Nacimiento” in houses – figures in the life-size of Saints.
Apart from Christmas itself during the festive days Mexicans celebrate “Day of Innocent Saints” and Epiphany. Delicious dinners and gifts are a crucial part of Christmas celebrations as well.
Brazil is a mixed country and thus has a mix of Christmas traditions as well. However, what is common here as well as church services and festive plays. Also, the celebration can be followed by fireworks and beautiful illumination.
The major thing to know about Brazil celebration is that people tend to have late dinner and give presents at Midnight. Usually, on Christmas, you will see a huge family-gathering, hear loud talks and enjoy tasty dishes.
In Puerto Rico the celebration starts and ends with singing. At first, people sing carols till the dawn on Christmas Eve. Then it’s time to visit the Masses. They are held on 15th and 24th of December. The whole celebration lasts till the Three Kings on 8th of January. In Puerto Rico, you will see one of the longest celebrations of Christmas possible.
Your Venezuelan mail-order bride will tell you lots about the traditional celebration. But here are some basic things to be aware of. In Venezuela Christmas is often followed by fireworks and traditional folk music “Gaita”. It is common to decorate Christmas trees and home or have a figure of Saints, as in Mexico.
The length of Christmas holidays vary from country to country. Here the festivity starts on 21st of December and lasts till Epiphany’s on 6 of January.
Cubans don’t meet Christmas with such noise and colors as in South America. Due to its history, Christmas celebrations were banned for a long time and emerged again only in the 90s. Nevertheless, Cubans consider Christmas to be a family holiday and they also gather around the table for a meal and to exchange presents. Here it is a more quiet and ordinary celebration, comparing to the mentioned above, but it is very meaningful. If you are lucky enough to meet a beautiful Cuban mail-order bride, you will definitely enjoy a typical celebration in Cuba.