Christmas is one of those holidays in which there are so many little pieces that combine that make this one day so amazing! One thing that we love to focus on in this team is that we are international.
For our #CIJParty we want to know all about Christmas in your part of the world! What are the traditions or customs in your part of the world?
Hello everyone! I will be happy to tell you about Christmas in Belarus and other Eastern European countries as it is a little bit different from other places.
Christmas in our country is normally celebrated on January 7th. This is simply due to a difference in calendars.
This is very intimate holiday in our country. People celebrate it only with family and close friends.
Some people fast (don’t eat anything) on Christmas Eve, until the first star has appeared in the sky. People then eat ‘sochivo’ or ‘kutia’ a porridge made from wheat or rice served with honey, poppy seeds, fruit (especially berries and dried fruit like raisins), chopped walnuts or sometimes even fruit jellies! Kutia is sometimes eaten from one common bowl, this symbolizes unity.
There are special Christmas cookies called Kozulya which are made in the shape of a sheep, goat or deer.
In some areas, children will go carol singing round the homes of friends and family and wish people Happy Christmas. They are normally rewarded with cookies, sweets and money. This tradition is called “Svyatki”.
I have always loved hearing about the ways people celebrate holidays across the world. Although there are many differences, the thing that joins us all as a world community is the spirit of camaraderie and warmth. Thank you for your interesting post, Elena.
In America, children traditionally leave out cookies and milk or hot chocolate for Santa in anticipation of his arrival on Christmas Eve.