These Christmas traditions from around the globe are truly weird


When you sit down to tuck into your turkey with a silly hat on your head, spare a thought for countries in the world who have to endure even stranger traditions.

In Brazil, children are locked in a room and not let out until the Christmas tree is decorated.
While in Guatemala, instead of having advent calendars to count down to the big day, people banish the devil from their homes by cleaning every dusty corner.

They then pile the rubbish in a heap and burn it, so their houses are free of evil spirits for the big day.

In Palestine, there’s a parade featuring bagpipes before big day while in Japan they neglect turkey in favour of KFC.

When you sit down to tuck into your turkey with a silly hat on your head, spare a thought for countries in the world who have to endure even stranger traditions.

In Brazil, children are locked in a room and not let out until the Christmas tree is decorated.
While in Guatemala, instead of having advent calendars to count down to the big day, people banish the devil from their homes by cleaning every dusty corner.

They then pile the rubbish in a heap and burn it, so their houses are free of evil spirits for the big day.

In Palestine, there’s a parade featuring bagpipes before big day while in Japan they neglect turkey in favour of KFC.

Christmas journey: Find out how the rest of the world does Christmas

In Venezuela people have the best way to go to church to celebrate the birth of Christ, by travelling on roller skates.

While in Slovakia, children leave shoes instead of stockings for Santa to fill with presents.
Online giftshop Prezzybox has researched the Christmas traditions of every country in the world and produced an interactive map detailing all the weird and wonderful traditions from around the globe.

It’s not all a Merry Christmas though… Father Christmas has been banned in Tajikistan and The Kingdom of Brunei officially forbade all future Christmas celebrations at the start of 2015.

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