Every culture celebrates traditions differently, here at Techworld we like to recognize them in the best way we can.
St. Lucia Day
On the morning of December 13 in Sweden, children will wake up their families by singing them songs and bringing them breakfast in bed, including coffee and Lucia Cats (twisted saffron buns). Many girls will dress up as Lucia Brides, wearing long white gowns with red sashes and a wreath of burning candles on their heads to honor the 3rd-Century Saint.
Christmas is celebrated on December 25 by Christians, known as the day that Christ was born. Many celebrate this holiday by going to church, giving gifts, and sharing the day with their loved ones. In some parts of Europe, people called Star Singers will go caroling and sing special Christmas songs as they hold a pole with a huge star.
Kwanzaa, which means First Fruits, is based on ancient African harvest festivals and celebrates family life and unity. Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 to January 1. During this celebration, millions of African Americans dress in special clothing, decorate their homes with fruits and vegetables, and light 7 candles on a candleholder known as a Kinara.
The word posada translates to “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish. A procession takes place through the town to a home designated as the “inn.” Inside the home, the celebration can vary from a big energetic party to a small get-together among friends. To finish the night, the host feeds their guests usually tamales and a hot drink like ponche (punch) or atole (hot corn and masa based). There are piñatas and the children are given candy. This is an important part of the Mexican Christmas tradition and these celebrations recreate Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Posadas are held each of the 9 nights leading up to Christmas, December 16 to 24.
Check back in next week to learn about New Year’s Traditions celebrated around the world!