Some of the interesting facts about Christmas around Asia as well as the world.
1. The origin of Christmas holidays
Christmas Day (also known as Christmas or Christmas Carols, Xmas, Christmas) is an international holiday to commemorate the birth of Jesus.
Initially, the origins of Christmas began with Christians. However, over time, Christmas has become an international holiday and is more popular with pine and Santa Claus.
2. The starting time
According to the Jewish calendar, the start of the day is sunset rather than midnight. Therefore, although Christmas was officially celebrated on December 25, people usually congratulate from the evening of December 24.
The “feast” on the night of December 24 attracted more crowds than the “main day” on Dec. 25.
3. Meaning of Christmas Day
Perhaps, most people know about the meaning of Christmas Christianity. However, Christmas is also a family holiday, a special occasion for all generations in the family gather together. On this occasion, the members will create memories, express and maintain affection for each other.
Noel can also be considered a children’s ceremony. Christmas Eve is a wonderful night where all the wishes of the children will come true.
In addition, Christmas carries the message of peace, sharing with lonely people
4. Meaning of Christmas and Xmas
In essence, the word Christmas is made up of two words, “Christ” (“Jesus”) and “Mas” (Mass). Therefore, Christmas means Christ’s holiday and Christmas is the birth of Jesus.
In Greek, Christ is written as Christos, Xristos or Xpiotós, so it is usual to use the X-consonant symbol for Xristos and Xpiotos and add the word “Mas” to make Xmas. Thus, the word Xmas also means the same as Christmas.
5. The meaning of symbols appear in Christmas
– Autumn Leaves: The circle of leaves represents the eternal life as well as the endless love of the Lord. The blue symbolizes the hope that the Savior will save man from suffering.
– The legend says that in the seventh century, on the pilgrimage route, in order to save a child from the sacrifice, Boniface defeated an oak tree with a single punch. And the small tree grew out of it. The saint says that the pine tree symbolizes the eternal life of the Messiah and is the tree of life. So, on Christmas day, people usually put a small pine tree in the house decorated beautifully.
– Christmas star: People often hang a star at the most religious place during Christmas. By the legend of the origin of Christmas, at the moment of the birth of God, in the sky appeared a star shining brightly led the way to three kings to God.
– Christmas gifts: A gift of deep religious beliefs to express love between friends and family members.
6. Some unique customs
Christmas Cards: The first card was created by Henry Cole and John Horsley in 1843 to encourage people to use the postal service. One shed (£ 5.75 today), one penny (40 cents today). Printing technology has made the price drop, which became popular in the 1860s. By 1900, the tradition of sending Christmas cards spread throughout Europe.
Christmas Tree: The first tree to appear in the UK after the 1830s when Prince Albert erected a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in England in 1841.
Mince pie: The first mince pies were made from meat, fruit, and spices, inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine brought on by the cross. The cakes usually have 13 members, representing the Lord and the apostles, with ostriches in the shape of a manager. In Victorian times, the meat disappeared from the cake, but the beef was still used.
Hanging the socks: This custom comes from the legend of Saint Nicholas. Once, the saint sent a bag of gold down the chimney of a poor old man without dowry for unmarried daughters. The yellow bag falls on the sack. The Dutch later called Saint Nicholas the Sinterklaas, and English gradually read into Santa Claus.
Christmas crackers: Tom Smith, a confectioner in London, invented Christmas crackers in the late 1840s, inspired by French paperclips.
Turkey: Originally from Mexico, the turkey was first brought to England by William Strickland in 1526. King Henry VIII liked turkey and although poultry was a late 19th-century foodstuff, the king gave This dish became popular with the middle class for Christmas. Even so, a turkey is worth a week’s salary.
Pudding: A pastry made in the Middle Ages, a porridge made from wheat. In the mid-17th century, the cake was thicker and was used for desserts, including eggs, dried fruit, and wine.
Mistletoe: The mistletoe hanging at home is the ancient Christian tradition, which brings luck to the landlord and dispels the evil. Beginning in England, Catholics also practice kissing under the mistletoe as the tree is also identified with the goddess Love.
Christmas Songs: Christmas songs have been written for centuries, but the most famous is from the time of Queen Victoria (England). The Jingle bell was composed by J.Pierpont but placed on the list of popular American folk songs called American song bag. The Silent Night, Holy Night originated in Germany with the title Stille Natch, Heiligo Natch, written by Father Joseph Mohr when the German-Austrian-Prussian War ended.
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