Event in Fort Lauderdale | Christmas Around the World
Less than two weeks to “The Day”, Christmas Day of course. When all the rushing around, shopping and food preparation comes to a finale and one would hope it was all worth it. This week on this “ Countdown to Christmas post I thought I would give you a glimpse of holiday events around the world. Of course, this includes our very own event in Fort Lauderdale, the Winterfest Parade sponsored by the Seminole Indians.
In Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, local people follow a tradition of rollerskating to early morning church services commencing on December 16 right through Christmas Eve. The roads are closed to traffic to make the roadways safe for people to skate.
Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on January 7. At sunrise in Ghana, the capital people dress in white, most people adorn the traditional clothing called a shamma, similar to a toga. Western clothing is worn in the cities and larger towns. In Ghana, church mass commences at 4:00 in the morning.
Heading over to Europe, the Swedes celebrate Saint Lucia [Day] on December 13th. Saint Lucia arrives in a carriage pulled by a very small horse. She is followed by the big man, Santa Claus on a big horse and girls and boys in white gowns carrying candles. They all sing traditional Christmas songs and read poems. After the ceremony, they all eat ginger cookies and bread with saffron.
This is so unlike our event in Fort Lauderdale!
In Asia, and in Japan specifically, the Christmas holidays have been celebrated for the last several decades. Although not a religion’s holiday many western traditions and customs is followed, including sending Christmas cards and presents. The theme is to send happiness and joy. Do I hear a YEAH ! December 25 is celebrated as a romantic day when couples spend the day together including taking leisurely walks to view Christmas lights.
The Summer commences in this southern hemisphere country of Australia at Christmas time.. Children are off from school from December to February. Most families spend the day together at the beach. They celebrate with a cold Christmas dinner, or a barbecue of prawns, lobsters and traditional “English foods”. Many locals celebrate with a Traditional “Christmas Bush”.
I have covered all seven continents, all celebrating the upcoming Christmas holidays. How are you spending this event in Fort Lauderdale? Let us know in the comment box below.