Albania officially known as the Republic of Albania is a country in Southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south and southeast. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west, and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest.
Christmas Celebrations in Albania :
The population of the country is mixed with Muslims and Christians. Christmas (Krishtlindjet) on 25 December is a public holiday in Albania, a nation with significant Muslim and Christian populations, and is celebrated by both Orthodox and Catholic Albanians. However, even some non-Christian Albanians celebrate them. Albanians share Christmas with their family members and for them, family values stand above anything else.
The Christmas traditions observed in Albania are similar to that of the rest of the Europe – attending the midnight mass on 24th night, going to the church on 25 th December etc. The gift giving tradition has been in practice here too for a long time.
Feasting is very important in the Christmas celebrations in Albania. Stuffed Turkey and fancy desserts form the very important. A noteworthy specialty of the Albanian Christmas dinner is “Bakllava” which is one of the tastiest dishes of Christmas dinner in Albania. The Christmas Tree is important. In the capital city of Tirana, a huge Christmas tree is decorated annually in early December.
In Albania, Christmas is one of the most popular festivals and celebrated with great merriment by the local people who observe the occasion as a commemoration of the birth of Lord Jesus. The population of the country is mixed with Muslims and Christians. But Christmas in Albania is unique, what with both the communities celebrating the occasion with almost equal fervor.
The Christmas traditions observed here are more or less similar to that of the rest of the world. Popular customs such as attending the midnight mass on 24th night and going to the church in the morning is religiously followed by all the Christians of Albania.
In many renowned hotels in the country, lavish parties are organized during the festival.
People go to church at midnight on 24 December, or during 25 December. The Christmas atmosphere is felt not only in the capital city of Tirana, but also in many other cities, for example in: Korça, Shkodra, Lezha, Durrës, Berat etc.
The Albanian wish each other Merry Christmas saying – “Gëzuar Krishtlindjet!”.
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