Christmas Traditions Around the World

Christmas Traditions Around the World


Christmas celebrations vary greatly across the world, and more so than ever before we are seeing the merging of cultures and traditions. Here at British Christmas Jumpers we have designed and made a Christmas sweater which really represents the amazing diversity of so many different cultures, all coming together in unity to celebrate a festival of love and joy, no matter your background.

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In 2015 our sweater received an overwhelming abundance of support from all over the world. For some, the jumper stirred controversy with the assumption that Christmas should just be left to Christians, but, for the most part people were extremely happy to celebrate diversity and this jumper was just a representation of that. In this blog post we look at few of the varying Christmas celebrations around the world and why we chose to represent these in a Christmas sweater.

Egypt and Ethiopia

Christmas isn’t actually celebrated on the 25th but instead on the 7th of January. This is sometimes hard for some people to get their head around, the idea of Christmas simply moving! For the 43 days leading up to Christmas the Coptic Orthodox Christians partake in a unique fast consisting of a vegan only diet. 

Coptic Altar in January


In Argentina the weather is warm at Christmas time and most celebrations take part on Christmas eve with the main meal being on Christmas eve afternoon and fireworks are let off at midnight to ‘toast’ Christmas day. Many also launch globos to light up the Christmas eve sky. It is also common for them to stay awake all night celebrating and chatting and then sleeping all of the following day.

Globos del Fuego


Christmas is relatively small in India compared with other parts of the world. With only 2.6% Christian in India you can understand how small the celebrations are here compared with 1 billion people who are not Christian. Midnight mass is very important at Christmas time in India and the whole family will walk to the mass which will be followed by a huge feast full of delicacies.

Christmas Stars for Sale in Kerela


Christmas is a relatively new concept to Japan and has only been celebrated for the last couple of decades. It is not seen as a religious holiday and therefore people still have to go to work and tend to their day to activities. Fried chicken is often the food of choice on Christmas day and you can even place your order into KFC days and weeks in advance. For the Japanese Christmas is viewed as a way to spread happiness rather than a celebration of religion.

Fried Chicken for Christmas in Japan


Christmas is widely celebrated in the Philippines with a mixture of western Christmas traditions and native Pilipino traditions. One of which is parol which is a bamboo pole with a lighted star or lantern on it. It is the most important decoration in their culture.

Parols for Sale

At British Christmas Jumpers we believe that Christmas should be a time of happiness, fun and giving, no matter what your religion or culture is. 

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