10 Of The Most Unusual Christmas Traditions From All Over The World

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The Christmas festival is about merry-making, church-attending, gift-giving and celebrations. It honors the birthday of Jesus Christ. Christmas is celebrated in several ways throughout the world. For some people in South Africa, Christmas festival is the best time to eat deep-fried Emperor Moth caterpillars. It is not clear why it is a tradition; however, several studies show that the grub is very nutritious. Here are some of the most unusual Christmas traditions from all over the world.


Cuban city Remedios is popular for its Christmas festival Las Parrandas. Parrandas started back in 1820 when a church priest sent groups of young people into the village banging on pans and pots to keep churchgoers awake for Christmas midnight mass.

Bavarian Mortars

Bavarian Highlanders shoot mortars into the winter air each year while dressed in traditional garbs to acknowledge the Christmas holidays.


According to rumors, in Germany the last ornament to go on the Christmas tree is a pickle and the first kid to find it on the morning of Christmas Day gets one extra gift.

Papa Noel

In southern Louisiana, huge bonfires are burned each Christmas Eve to illuminate the Mississippi river so that the south Louisiana Santa Claus (Papa Noel) can find their homes.

Spider Webs

In Ukraine, Christmas trees have an additional decoration. According to legend, a mom was so poor she could not pay for decorations for the Christmas tree. When the woman woke up on the morning of Christmas, she discovered that spiders had decorated the tree for her. Therefore, each Christmas people in Ukraine add spider webs to their trees.


In Portugal, during ‘consoda’, a Christmas morning feast, people will set extra places at the table for dead relatives. It is believed that this traditional practice will ensure great fortune for the family.

Red-Colored Christmas Cards

The Christmas festival is celebrated by many people in Japan. However, red-colored Christmas cards should be avoided because they are linked with death.

The Japanese Santa Claus is known as ‘Santa Kurohsu’ and has his eyes at the back of the head to keep tabs on kids who are naughty. Japanese people like Christmas cake; however, their version generally consists of strawberries, whipped cream and sponge.

Banana And Mango Trees

Christians in India celebrate the Christmas festival with gift-giving and midnight mass like the rest of the countries in the world, but with the absence of pine trees or fir trees to decorate, they generally made do with mango trees and banana trees instead. People also use the leaves of banana and mango trees to decorate their homes.

Transportation Modes

On the eve of Christmas, Santa may ride a reindeer sleigh over North America; however, during the night he often changes transportation modes. Santa Claus travels by a donkey in Switzerland, rides a horse in the Netherlands and rides a kangaroo in Australia.

Santa And Machine Guns

In Arizona, the Scottsdale Gun Club holds a ‘Santa and Machine Guns’ event, giving people the chance to have their holiday picture taken with Santa, machine guns and grenade launchers.