Christmas around the world flames celebration. To different people it means different things. for some it is a time to be with family and friends, a time of Santa and gift-giving, Christmas trees, turkey and mulled wine.
While for some others Christmas springs up the remembrance of the awesome gift from God almighty; the birth of Jesus Christ. In the life of Christians, this is one of the year’s most important religious festivals.
For the northern hemisphere, there are hopes of a white Christmas and for many of those in the south, Christmas will likely be spent outside, at the beach, by the barbecue.
Apparently, In some parts of the world where there are peace and assured orderliness Christians will mark the birth of Jesus Christ freely while in others, churches will need to be guarded by police or soldiers or even other traditional security agencies to keep worshipers safe from attack.
Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholic churches around the world said on Friday that “new extremist groups are springing up and target churches, places of worship, ministers and members of the faithful”. Therefore places of worship must be secured to protect the lives of those celebrity Christmas around the world.
For some countries, such as Syria and Iraq where there are so much fight and disagreement, Christmas comes at the end of a year of violence and brings hope for the future.
Over the years Christmas around the world may have been linked to fun, celebration, gifting and lots of beautification in the cities. But In the US capital Washington DC, there are other dampeners on Christmas spirit – the national Christmas tree has gone dark on the third day of a government shutdown.
The US National Park Service said that it would remain unlit and closed to the public “until further notice”. Quite unlike the US on Christmas day celebration.
Christmas celebrations vary from nation to nation owing to the distinct customs, cultures and religious practices individual to each nation. Christmas celebrations in Iraq are unlike any other across the world. It was only in 2008 that Christmas was first observed as an official holiday in Iraq. Christmas is not a big celebration in Iraq since it is essentially a Muslim dominated country.
Christmas is celebrated in Iraq where a priest leads mass on Christmas eve at the Grand Immaculate Church in the predominantly Christian church. Christmas around the world may have a lot of open fun but not the case completely in Irag
Christmas in Belarus is not as important as New Year’s Eve, It’s possibly a holdover from Soviet times when observance of “Western” and religious holidays was strongly discouraged.
Currently the popularity of Christmas is growing tremendously and it incorporates the same rituals and traditions we see in most of European countries.
Talking about Christmas around the world, in France it is no joke. It is a very big event. People put up Christmas trees and lights, go to church, eat a special Christmas meal and open Christmas presents on Christmas Eve. There are lots of gift exchange too.
Unlike Russia, where Christmas is considered a holiday and one of the 12 Great Feasts by the Russian Orthodox Church.
There are several long church services before a family returns home for a traditional Christmas Eve supper – 12 dishes, one for each of the apostles.
Moscow do a serious outdoor decorations on Christmas day to reflect the importance of the celebration.
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