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Kids Turn Holidays

Celebrating Holidays
Around the World

From Alaska to Wales many people celebrate at this time of the year. Take a look at the various traditions and customs - some may be similar to yours while others are very different.

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Happy Holidays

Geseende Kerfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar | Gézuar Krishlindjet Vitin e Ri! | Melkam Yelidet Beaal | I'D Miilad Said ous Sana Saida | Edo bri'cho o rish d'shato brich'to! | Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand | Crãciunu hãriosu shi unu anu nãu, bunu! | Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun | Selamat Hari Natal | Zorionak eta Urte Berri On! | Shuvo Baro Din - Shuvo Nabo Barsho | Maugmang Capascuhan asin Masaganang Ba-gong Taon! | Vesele Vanoce | Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo | Nedeleg laouen na bloav ezh mat | Vasel Koleda; Tchestita nova godina! | Bon nadal i feliç any nou! | Seng Dan Fai Lok, Sang Nian Fai Lok | Malipayong Pasko ug Bulahang Bag-ong Tuig! | Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito | Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth | Bon Natale e Bon capu d' annu | Rot Yikji Dol La Roo | Mitho Makosi Kesikansi | Afvcke Nettvcakorakko | Sretan Bozic | Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok | Glædelig Jul og godt nytår | Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak | Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! | Colo sana wintom tiebeen | Merry Christmas & Happy New Year | Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo! | Gajan Kristnaskon |

The elaborate tradition called Wigilia is celebrated in Poland. Beginning on Christmas Eve, a strict 24-hour fast is observed. Learn about sinking trees and rolling eggs.

The Saturnalia was originally celebrated in Ancient Rome for only a day. Learn more about this holiday from our Ancient History Guide N.S. Gill.

It is from Scandinavia that most of our yule log traditions came from.

South America
Christmas is celebrated in a deeply religious way in South America. The main focus of the season throughout the continent is the presepio ("the manger").

United Kingdom
Santa Claus is known by British children as Father Christmas.

United States
Decorating homes with Christmas trees, wreaths, and ornaments is part of the holiday traditions.

Venezuelans attend a daily early morning church service between December 16th and 24th called Misa de Aguinaldo ("Early Morning Mass.")

In Wales, people have carolling contests during the weeks before Christmas.

Learn how to say "Merry Christmas" in different languages!

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