Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. Christmas is celebrated every year to remember the birth of Jesus Christ also known as ‘Son of God’. Different cultures celebrate Christmas in different ways around the world. This festival is celebrated in more than 160 countries throughout the world. Christmas tradition varies from continent to continent. The western Christmas tradition began as a Christianized pagan feast. The Christmas tree is also a pagan symbol of fertility. Talking about northern countries the Christmas feast is celebrated with rich food and candles. The trees are brought inside the house in a symbol of hope that spring would return with new crops and food.
In Ukraine, it includes some form of charity. Spider web-shaped decorations are hanged in the tree. Jamaica celebrates the feast by dancing and participating in a parade. In Ghana, many people observe a traditional folk libation ritual at Christmas time. In it, people drink from a cup and then pour some of its contents on the ground as a symbolic offering to their ancestors. In Eastern Africa, people are more religious. They wear a new dress and collect stones, leaves, and other natural items as a birthday present to Jesus. In Ethiopia, most people call the holiday Ganna or Genna after a hockey-like ball game played only once a year, on Christmas afternoon.
In Iceland,13 tricksy troll-like characters come out to play. The Yule Lads visit the children across the country over the 13 nights leading up to Christmas. For each night of Yuletide, children place their best shoes by the window and a different Yule Lad visits leaving gifts for nice girls and boys and rotting potatoes for the naughty ones. The Christmas tradition around the world is loud, proud and oodles of festival fun.
We, at Edoofa would like to wish all our current students, prospective students, and all their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!