Weird Christmas Traditions from Around the World

South Africa

A traditional South African Christmas meal includes deep-fried Emperor Moth larvae. It's either these or sprouts. Your choice.

Kazakhstan

In Kazakhstan, Father Christmas is called the Snow King. Which is fine...but not quite as jolly, somehow.

Catalonia

Catalonia, a region in Spain, has a tradition called the 'pooing log', where the family makes a little man out of a log then feeds it sweets until Christmas Eve. Then, when he's full, the family beat the log-man up with sticks until he poos all the sweets out again.


Venezuela

In Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, people rollerskate into church!

Wales

A little closer to home, the Welsh practice an ancient tradition called Mari Lwyd that involves parading round the town with a horse's skull on a stick. Spooky!

Japan

In Japan, rather than turkey, everyone opts for fried chicken. KFC is overrun on Christmas Day, so much so that it requires pre-booking. Finger-lickin' good!

Japanese KFC at Christmas
Image by Direct Japan

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