Happy Intercultural Christmas

Christmas is a time of year when we enjoy spending time with our family, we want to relax, we think about others, and we want to make the world a better place for everyone. There is no time of year that encourages us as much as Christmas to think about the fact that we are a world made up of thousands of cultures, languages and customs. This is why we want to wish you a Merry Christmas from Lexgo Translations and suggest an incredible plan for these upcoming days, as Christmas is not celebrated in the same way everywhere:

For the second year running Madrid is offering us La Navideña: the International Fair of Cultures, to remind us that we are a cosmopolitan city and allow us to feel, taste, hear and experience how our neighbours and friends spend Christmas. Here are some fun facts to consider cultural variety around this time of year.

 

Sweden

In Sweden presents are opened on Christmas Eve and no one goes hungry at this time of year, as even the spirits of the house get served a plate of warm rice pudding, which is left outside the door.

This is how you wish a Swedish person Happy Christmas:

God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År.

A traditional Christmas dish in Sweden is the famous Swedish meatballs.

 

Latvia

In Latvia, Christian and Pagan traditions are mixed, as alongside Christmas they also celebrate the winter solstice. People dressed as animals go around all the houses to drive away the bad spirits…

Here is how to wish your Latvian friend Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, if you manage to pronounce it:

Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu!

In Latvia they like their food with a lot of meat and a traditional Christmas dish is pierogi, which is also popular in Russia and Poland.

 

Greece

In Greece, fire plays an important role at Christmas and for twelve days there are big fires in public places. Instead of a tree, many Greek people put a little boat with lights in their window.

Kala Christouyenna!

To finish the Christmas meal, a traditional Greek dessert is Melomakarona.

 

Russia

An orthodox Russian Christmas is celebrated on 7th January, although the preparations begin the night before. There is an abundant meal with 12 dishes for each apostle which, however, can’t include meat as the days of celebration fall within the fasting period that leads up to Christmas.

Wishing your Russian friend Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year is as easy as saying:

Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom.

In Russia they also have a sweet tooth, if you want to try something Russian at Christmas.

 

Here are some recipes in case you feel like internationalising your Christmas this year and getting a real taste of different cultures right in your palette. If you aren’t into cooking, you’ll probably be able to try Christmas recipes from all over the world at the International Fair of Cultures (here’s the programme).

Happy Christmas and enjoy experiencing different cultures!

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