Christmas Eve is coming and lot of us are already heating up stoves to make lots of tasty treats to celebrate the most beautiful day of the year. Have you ever wondered, however, how they celebrate Christmas around the world? No? Let’s find out together then.
Christmas in Africa
Thanks to high temperatures, most of Africa’s inhabitants like to celebrate outside their homes, gathering with family and friends.
Some of the typical dishes that Africans cook during Christmas holiday’s are: whole roast pig, plum pudding, yellow rice with raisins and roast turkey.
Christmas in Australia
Even Australians are celebrating Christmas laying on their beaches rather then next to a fireplace, but dishes they made for Christma’s eve are quite not very “summery”: Christmas pudding and Roasted Turkey are the masters, but many people also prefer to make a sumptuous BBQ, cooking only fresh seafood.
Christmas in Alaska
Even in the bitter cold of Alaska knows how to celebrate Christmas, with typical mouth-watering dishes: they made in fact a delicious fish cake named “Piruk”, pancakes with maple syrup, roast smoked salmon and as a sweet treat, the famous “chocolate Bomb”, invented by recipe a Chinese chef.
There are many dishes that are cooked in these countries: in Sweden usually they made a lot of cookies with rooter shape, some appetizer made with their dried fish and one of their evergreen: ham meatballs. In Norway, you can taste also a great baked lamb with potatoes and the ever-present stoccafisso with potatoes and vegetables called “Lutefisk”.
If you’ll spend your next Christmas in London, you won’t have to miss one of their delicious Christmas specialities: the world-famous Christmas pudding, mince pies and stuffed turkey roast, plum pudding, and roast beef with mixed vegetable or potatoes sides.
Christmas in Russia
In Russia (Orthodox) Christmas eve is celebrated on January 6, at dinner time. Like Africans do, Russian usually cook a whole pig, slow roasted, blinis as appetizers, mixed fish, goose with apples side and “zakuski”, a Russian fish appetizer finely chopped and seasoned with various sauces.
Messicans have a good variety about Christmas food. Starting with turkey stuffed with almonds, meat fillets, dried fish, homemade dumplings, tamales (typical dish Mexican corn based), romeritos (recipe with vegetables Mexican), typical homemade pancakes and pozole (stew meat with corn and vegetables). In most families, it’s tradition to have an homemade punch to drink finally the inevitable chiles en nogada, a dish made with pork stew and peppers, served with a pomegranate and walnut sauce.
Now I’m curious to know what are you going to eat during your Christmas dinner. Let me know about them in the comments below.
And now, let’s discover how “Merry Christmas” is wished in some countries around the world:
Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees
Arabic: Milad Majid
Argentine: Feliz Navidad
Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!
Chile: Feliz Navidad
Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
Chinese: (Mandarin) Sheng Dan Kuai Le
Croatian: Sretan Bozic
Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish: Glædelig Jul
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast
English: Merry Christmas
Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
Estonian: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi
Finnish: Hyvaa joulua
French: Joyeux Noel
German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
Greek: Kala Christouyenna!
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew: Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi: Shub Naya Baras (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Hungarian: Boldog Karácsonyt
Icelandic: Gledileg Jol
Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
Italian: Buon Natale
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Kurdish: Serî sallî nwê pîroz
Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
Luxembourgish: Schèine Chreschtdaag an e gudde Rutsch
Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik
Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb
Maori: Meri Kirihimete
Norwegian: God Jul, or Gledelig Jul
Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo
Philippines: Maligayang Pasko!
Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie
Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele or Craciun fericit
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Serbian: Hristos se rodi.
Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene: Vesele Bozicne Praznike Srecno Novo Leto or Vesel Bozic in srecno Novo leto
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
Switzerland (Swiss-German): Schöni Wienachte
Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai or souksan wan Christmas
Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian: Z Rizdvom Khrystovym or S rozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Merry Christmas to all!