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What the world eat during Christmas Eve?

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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

Chocolate Bomb - Photo

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.

Scandinavian countries

Lutefisk - Photo

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”.


Christmas pudding - Photo

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.


Tamales - Photo

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

Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden

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

Portuguese:Feliz Natal

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!



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