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Transcript of Christmas
Brazil is a large country with a mix of people from many parts of the world, so they celebrate Christmas in many different ways.Many Brazilian Christmas traditions come from Portugal as Portugal ruled Brazil for many years.
The mass normally finishes about 1.00am. On Christmas day, people might go to church again, but this time the services are often .In Brazil, Santa Claus is called Papai Noel & Bom Velhinho (Good Old Man). Many Christmas customs are similar to ones in the USA or UK.Most Brazilians will have a feast as we know it, with roast turkey, vegetables and fruits but for the poor, chicken and rice or beans and rice will be their �special feast�.In Brazil they sing a number of christmas carols to celebrate the birth of Christ just like we do in Australia.
Many people in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on December 25. The day celebrates Jesus Christ's birth. It is often combined with customs from pre-Christian winter celebrations. Many people erect Christmas trees, decorate their homes, visit family or friends and exchange gifts.
Italian traditions in Italy are based heavily on the religion of
Christianity. Christmas starts eight days before Christmas and lasts
till after the Feast of Epiphany. Musical salutes are made at the shrine
of the Virgin Mary and songs are played at the homes of carpenters in
honor of St. Joseph. Eight days before Christmas, a special Novena of
prayers and church services begin.
December 23rd, sometimes earlier, children dressed as shepherds with
sandals, leggings tied with crossing thongs, and wearing shepherds’
hats, go from house to house playing songs on shepherds’ pipes and
giving recitations. The traditional Christmas
dinner, Cenone, is made up of spaghetti and anchovies, an
assortment of fish, fresh broccoli, tossed salad, fruits, and sweets.
Christians in China celebrate by lighting their houses with beautiful paper lanterns and decorating their Christmas trees, which they call "Trees of Light," with paper chains, paper flowers, and paper lanterns. Chinese Children hang muslin stockings and await a visit from Santa Claus, "Christmas Old Man.".
Since the vast majority of the Chinese people are not Christian, the main winter festival in China the Chinese New Year which takes place toward the end of January. Which means they do not follow the same traditions as in Western cultures like sending Christmas cards or going to church. . Now officially called the "Spring Festival," it is a time when children receive new clothing, eat luxurious meals, receive new toys, and enjoy firecracker displays. An important aspect of the New Year celebration is the worship of ancestors. Portraits and paintings of ancestors are brought out and hung in the main room of the home.