Many countries celebrate the holiday differently than the United States does. In some countries people eat different Christmas food, while in some Christmas isn't even observed on December 25th. Here are some of the traditions and holidays celebrated around the world:
For eight days each November or December, Jews light a special candle holder called a menorah. They do it to remember an ancient miracle in which one day's worth of oil burned for eight days in their temple.
In Ecuador, families dress a straw man in old clothes on December 31st. The straw man represents the old year.
Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year is observed in many countries that follow lunar calendars, including Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, China, Malaysia, and more. Lunar New Year can be celebrated in January, February, March, April, September, or November, depending on the lunar calendar, but February and April are the most common times.
Christmas in Japan
Although Christmas isn't a national holiday in Japan, people still find an interesting and delicious way to celebrate. Rather than gathering around the table for a turkey dinner, families head out to their local Kentucky Fried Chicken.
At L'Academy we try to celebrate different holidays throughout the year. We teach children about the holidays of other cultures and with that we try to help them realize them that no matter what differences we all have, we also have many things in common.