Month: November 2016

Christmas Traditions no. 7

  Germans have many Christmas traditions – the season of Advent that prepares for and leads up to the celebration of Christmas itself is important.  Advent calendars that count off each day from the beginning of December are popular, commonly hiding a treat or chocolate behind each numbered door or box.  Advent wreaths with four …

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Christmas Traditions No. 6

Dominican Republic of Congo ‘Mbotama Malamu’ is the Merry Christmas greeting spoken in Lingagla, the language of DRC.  The majority of people in DRS are Christian, celebrating Christmas as more of a religious festival than a commercial opportunity. Most people won’t exchange presents, though if they are afforded, they are at best a new set …

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Christmas Traditions No. 5

Greenland In Greenland the women get waited on by the men on Christmas Night – a chance for a much-appreciated break! However the festive food of Mattak (whale skin stuffed with blubber) and Kiviak (raw small arctic birds, buried in seal skins for several months until an advanced stage of decomposition!!) is a rather unique …

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