There are a couple of countries which have adopted Christmas as an official holiday, but in most of them, it's rather secular event and not a religious one. In big Asian cities, however, you can often see lavish Christmas decorations, hear Christmas carols or even meet Santa Claus (or a variation of his).... read more ›
Every Christmas season, an estimated 3.6 million Japanese families treat themselves to fried chicken from the American fast-food chain, in what has become a nationwide tradition. A bucket of KFC chicken has been the go-to dinner for Japan since the 1970's, when KFC launched their “Kentucky for Christmas” campaign.... read more ›
Like a traditional Western dinner, Thai families may enjoy a special evening meal, although the turkey and trimmings will likely be swapped for a rice and curry dish. The Christmas dinners we know and love in England are not typically eaten on Christmas day in Thailand.... see details ›
Jolly old Father Christmas (or Santa Claus) has become a big hit in Asia, because who can resist that magical white beard?! In Asia, the Christmas season is all about parties, shopping and plenty of twinkling lights.... view details ›
Traditional Christmas dinner features turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables. Other types of poultry, roast beef, or ham, are also used. Pumpkin or apple pie, raisin pudding, Christmas pudding, or fruitcake are staples for dessert.... see more ›
In China and Taiwan, Santa is called 聖誕老人 (shèngdànlǎorén) and he is often accompanied in Taiwan with his sisters: young women dressed in elf costumes or red and white. In Hong Kong, Santa is called Lan Khoong or Dun Che Lao Ren which translates to “Christmas Old Man”.... see more ›
Dun Che Lao Ren translates to “Christmas old man.” Children hang stockings made of muslin for Dun Che Lao Ren, who fills those stockings with gifts. Some people in China refer to Santa as Lan Khoong-Khoong, which means “nice old father.”... see more ›
Korean Christmas Food
Instead of a traditional Western Christmas roast, you might find the table adorned with South Korean classics like Bulgogi, sweet potato noodles and the ever-present kimchi. A particular festive favourite includes tteok guk – a rice cake filled with meat or seafood and served with clear broth.... view details ›
According to KFC Japan, it all dates back to 1974 after a KFC Japan sales team member overheard a foreign customer complain about not being able to get turkey and making do with fried chicken for Christmas.... continue reading ›
The manager of Japan's first KFC in the 70's was inspired to market KFC as a Christmas meal when he overheard some foreigners reminiscing on how they missed turkey dinner at Christmas. KFC called the campaign “Kurisumasu ni wa Kentakkii or Kentucky for Christmas and the idea took off!... read more ›
The Christmas dinner usually consists of chicken soup while wealthier people eat turkey and Christmas pudding. On Christmas Eve, Vietnamese people in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, especially young people, like to go into the city centre, where there is a Catholic Cathedral.... continue reading ›
Malaysians normally eat medium portions of various Christmas delicacies, including roast meat (turkey, chicken or lamb), mashed potatoes, salads, assorted steamed vegetables, with desserts and drinks.... read more ›
Sometimes Christmas dinner consists of a traditional lu'au, complete with a pig roasted in an underground pit, chicken long rice (chicken noodle soup, Hawaiian style), lomilomi salmon, and poi. A less formal get-together is called kanikapila (kah-nee-kah-PEE-lah), which means "to make music".... view details ›
'winter's extreme') is one of the most important Chinese festivals celebrated by the Mainland Chinese, Hong Kong Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Koreans and other East Asian-related people during the Dongzhi solar term (winter solstice), some day between December 21 to December 23.... see more ›
Korea has its own version of Santa Claus. Santa Haraboji, or Grandfather Santa, looks similar to the Western Santa, but he wears a traditional Korean hat (갓 gat) and a blue suit instead of a red one.... see more ›
That's how they wish Happy Christmas in Japan. Let's not forget the other Asian nations: In Hong Kong they say “Sing dan fiy loc” and in Korea “Sung Tan Chuk Ha“. In Mandarin Chinese, take a deep breath and try saying “Kung His Hsin Nien Bing Chu Shen Tan“.... read more ›
- Lechon. Lechon is one of the most popular dishes in the Philippines and is traditionally served for festivities and celebrations. ...
- Bibingka. ...
- Filipino-style spaghetti. ...
- Buko salad. ...
- Lumpiang ubod. ...
- Embutido. ...
- Pancit Malabon. ...
In South India, one widespread Christmas tradition is the put a burning earthen lamp on their roofs. This practice symbolizes that Jesus is the light of the world. In north-west India, the Christians narrate the Christmas story and sing melodious carols in their own dialects.... view details ›
Christmas Day in Japan
In Japan, Christmas is the time for friends and couples to have parties, make plans to meet up for dinner and celebrate as much as they can. And New Year is the time of the year when all members of the family come together, visit the temple, and usher-in January 1st, with food and drinks.... read more ›
Though Christmas has been a big commercial success and a newly adopted festive tradition, most people in China do not celebrate as people do in the West. Like many foreign customs that China has absorbed and adapted over the centuries, Christmas also has developed its unique Chinese flair in China.... view details ›
In Japan Santa is known as サンタさん、サンタクロース santa-san (Mr Santa). Another Japanese gift bringer is Hoteiosho, a Japanese god of good fortune from Buddhism and not really related to Christmas.... view details ›
The laughing Buddha
Like Santa Claus, Hotei is depicted as big, round and jolly. In Chinese, he's known as the “Laughing Buddha.” So whenever you see a large, smiling Buddha showing off his fat belly, it's likely Hotei.... read more ›
Santa Claus can also be seen around Korea but he might be wearing red or blue! He's also known as 산타 클로스 (santa kullosu) or 산타 할아버지 (Santa Grandfather).... see details ›
Western countries celebrate Christmas with family, but in China celebrations are like Valentine's Day. It's a lighthearted day for young people to go out with their significant others and celebrate with small gifts. They also hang out with friends to go out to a movie, karaoke bar, or go shopping.... see details ›
The Christmas meal is either turkey, duck, roast beef or suckling pig with yellow rice & raisins and vegetables, followed by Christmas Pudding or a traditional South African dessert called Malva Pudding (sometimes also called Lekker Pudding) - get the recipe.... see details ›
Dishes such as roasted meats and vegetables, fruit mince pies and puddings are popular South African Christmas foods along with sides such as yellow rice and raisins, sambals and potato bake. In South Africa, it is a long-held tradition to have Christmas Day lunch in the early afternoon, however.... view details ›
Did you know that Christmas has another name in Korea? It's 성탄절(Seongtan-jeol.) 성(Seong), is the Chinese character meaning “holy” and 탄(Tan) means “birth.” So together 성탄(seongtan) means “the day the holy person was born.” This can be used as another name for Christmas.... see details ›
In general, yes. Japanese kids generally believe that Santa Claus will bring them presents if they are good and are asleep when he comes. Parents often will find out through conversations what their children want for Christmas, while some children also write letters to Santa.... read more ›
Even though only about 1 percent of the Japanese population are Christian, Christmas is still a pretty big deal over here (as you may have noticed with the plethora of Christmas markets and stunning illuminations dotting every corner of Tokyo).... see details ›
That's where KFC came in. The company launched its "Kentucky for Christmas" marketing campaign in 1974 and the first iteration of the party buckets soon followed.... see more ›
Christmas in Japan
Many Japanese enjoy this festive holiday season. Surprisingly they eat KFC chicken for Christmas eve dinner and enjoy Christmas cake for dessert. They traditionally eat strawberry shortcake at Christmas eve. A lot of people in Japan eat sushi for Christmas dinner.... see details ›
Commonly called “Kentucky” (ケンタッキー) in Japan, KFC has become part and parcel of the fabric of Christmas in Japan.... see details ›
And in Japan, Christmas means KFC. On December 25th every year, you'll find millions of Japanese people sitting down to a hearty meal of KFC fried chicken, with orders placed with the restaurant months in advance. It's all thanks to a very effective marketing campaign that began in the 70s.... view details ›
The Christmas Day breakfast includes ackee and saltfish, breadfruit, fried plantains, boiled bananas, freshly squeezed fruit juice and tea. Dinner is usually served in the late afternoon and this may include turkey, chicken, curry goat, stewed oxtail and very importantly rice and peas.... continue reading ›
The meal is lavish with pecenica (roast pork), meat sarma (stuffed cabbage), baked ham, sausage, roast potatoes, parslied potatoes, and desserts galore—nutroll, cheese strudel, apple strudel, drum torte—fresh and dried fruits and, of course, slivovitz and strong, dark Turkish coffee.... continue reading ›
Christmas Day is a normal working day in Thailand, but there is a small Christian population in the country who do celebrate Christmas with religious services at churches.... continue reading ›
One of the most popular Christmas foods in Kenya is the nyama choma, similar to a barbecue. It involves grilling your favourite meat, like beef, chicken, lamb or goat, and pairing the meal with sides like rice and chapati. Sometimes there's a Christmas cake or pudding, but this is more common in urban areas.... view details ›
- Salted Egg Yolk Crab. 1/10. ...
- Hokkien Hae Mee Soup. 2/10. ...
- Fruit Rojak. 3/10. ...
- Kuay Teow With Mushrooms and Kai Lan. 4/10. ...
- Bak Kut Teh Chicken. 5/10. ...
- Singapore Laksa. ...
- Biryani Rice With Fried Chicken And Crispy Flakes. ...
- Beef Massaman And Roti Pie.
It is said that eating a peace apple on Christmas eve will bless you with a safe and peaceful year ahead. This tradition of gifting peace apples or “Ping'anguo” on Christmas Eve has become so popular in China that the price of apples rises every December 24.... read more ›
Fijians traditionally celebrate Christmas with a huge lovo feast comprising garlic spice chicken, beef, pork, fish, cassava and Dalo. Another special dish often served at Christmas time is Palusami, spiced mutton wrapped in leaves and cooked in coconut cream.... see more ›
There are candlelit processions, elaborate nativity scenes, Spanish Christmas carols, dancing and fireworks. While traditions like Christmas trees and Santa Claus have found a place in Mexican festivities, the holiday celebrations are firmly rooted in Spanish and indigenous culture.... continue reading ›
Santa Claus – Kanakaloka in Hawaiian – does not arrive with his reindeer on the islands, he comes in an outrigger canoe.... continue reading ›
In fact, Christmas and Christmas Eve are the busiest day of the year for most American Chinese restaurants. The combination of Christmas and Chinese food is iconic.... read more ›
The small number of Christians in China call Christmas Sheng Dan Jieh, which means Holy Birth Festival. They decorate their homes with evergreens, posters, and bright paper chains.... continue reading ›
The real Santa Claus—the historical figure upon which the legend is based—never lived anywhere near the North Pole. Saint Nicholas of Myra was a fourth-century bishop who lived and died far from the Arctic Circle, in what is now Turkey.... see more ›
However, gentle reader, Santa Claus is German. In fact, much of the Christmas you know and love is German, even if the Germans are circumspect about taking credit.... see details ›
When a child asks if he's really Santa, he has the documentation to back it up. Long before this Santa Claus, though, there was Saint Nicholas. According to historical records, Saint Nicholas was a monk born in the third century in a village called Patara, now part of modern-day Turkey.... see details ›
- Nine Day Mass in The Philippines. ...
- Engraved Apples in China. ...
- Santa Haraboji in South Korea. ...
- The Gift-Bearing Camel in Syria. ...
- French Feasts in Vietnam. ...
- Christmas Cribs in India. ...
- KFC craze in Japan. ...
- The Father Frost of Kazakhstan.
A Christmas feast
Whether it's a BBQ by the beach, or a picnic with your loved ones, Christmas in Australia is more of a casual affair. Most Aussies choose to swap the traditional roast turkey for a Christmas ham, and fresh seafood (specifically prawns) takes pride of place on many festive banquets.... view details ›
Snacks and beverages may be left out for Santa to consume during his visit, often milk and cookies, or a beer. Carrots are also commonly left for Santa's reindeer. The gifts are opened the next morning, on Christmas Day.... continue reading ›
On average, between three and five million turkeys are killed annually in Australia for meat. This number is rising as turkey meat is increasingly considered a healthy dietary option. On average, Australians eat approximately 1kg of turkey per person per year, most of which is consumed during one week at Christmas(3).... see more ›
In addition to serving turkey, a traditional Christmas meal in Nigeria may include beef, goat, sheep, ram or chicken. Other dishes might included pounded yam, jollof rice, fried rice, vegetable salad and some type of stew.... see details ›
The Misa de Gallo is celebrated on December 25 and is usually one of several Masses that all family members (including non-churchgoers) are present.... read more ›
In India, one of the most significant festivals is Diwali, or the Festival of Lights. It's a five-day celebration that includes good food, fireworks, colored sand, and special candles and lamps. Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live.... read more ›
- Allahabadi cake.
- Christmas cake – a type of fruit cake.
- Mathri – a traditional flaky biscuit.
- Gulab Jamun – a traditional sweet prepared with khoa.
- Walnut fudge.
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bhutan, North Korea, Libya, Mauritania, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Yemen do not recognize Christmas as a public holiday.... see more ›
This is another important traditional Chinese festival, it falls between 22nd of December and the 5th of January.... read more ›
- 春節/春节(chūn jié) Chinese New Year a.k.a. Lunar New Year. ...
- 元宵節/元宵节 (yuán xiāo jié) Lantern Festival. ...
- 清明節/清明节 (qīng míng jié) Tomb Sweeping Day. ...
- 端午節/端午节 (duān wǔ jié) Dragon Boat Festival. ...
- 中秋節/中秋节 (zhōng qiū jié) Mid-Autumn Festival a.k.a. Moon Festival.
The small number of Christians in China call Christmas Sheng Dan Jieh, which means Holy Birth Festival. They decorate their homes with evergreens, posters, and bright paper chains.... read more ›
Christmas in Mainland China is not a public holiday and is not related to religion at all. It's more of a novelty day like Valentine's Day, rather than a religious celebration. But you'll still see the malls and streets of the big cities filled with Christmas decorations, fir trees, Santa Claus and carols.... continue reading ›
Although not an official holiday in China, the idea of Christmas celebration has begun in recent decades, mostly in the more prosperous and international coastal cities, particularly in Shanghai. 'Westernized' Christmas is mainly celebrated in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.... continue reading ›
Christmas is not a public holiday in China, which is home to 68 million Christians, making up 5 per cent of its population. However, Christmas has been an ultra-popular holiday among young people since the 1990s.... read more ›
The Hungry Ghost Festival is the most popular Halloween-like festival in Asia, especially in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. With its roots in Taoism and Buddhism, Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated in the seventh month of the Chinese Lunar calendar, also known as the Ghost Month.... read more ›
While the design of the bucket and the sides may change each year, KFC's famous fried chicken stays at the center of the party bucket, and the Christmas holiday in Japan. Kentucky for Christmas is a Japanese tradition that's here to stay.... continue reading ›
Santa Claus, Of course! 🤶🏼🎅🏽 To say “Santa Claus” in Chinese, it is 聖誕老人/圣诞老人 (shèng dàn lǎo rén), literally, Christmas + old person. In China, especially in major cities, some Chinese postmen would dress up as 聖誕老人/圣诞老人 when delivering letters before Christmas.... see more ›