The winter season signals the biggest holiday celebrations for many cultures all over the world. Christmas has dominated western civilization for thousands of years, which can be traced back to ancient pagan customs. It has since spurred the largest shopping sprees and has grown in popularity through the demand of commercialization. If you think Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, here is a list of lesser known holiday traditions to celebrate how other cultures observe the winter season.
Japan doesn’t have any roots in winter festivities, but adapted Christmas into its legacy. The emperor’s birthday is a national holiday celebrated on December 23, so it perfectly coincides with yule gatherings. Many schools have winter break through the following week and kids enjoy a slice of strawberry shortcake on Christmas Day. Since a 1974 KFC campaign, countless families order buckets fried chicken for Christmas dinner.