China officially known as the People’s Republic of China, is a sovereign state located in East Asia. It is the world’s most populous country.
The Capital of this country is Beijing and the largest city is Shanghai.
Christmas Celebrations in China :
Since the vast majority of the Chinese people are not Christian, the main winter festival in China the Chinese New Year which takes place toward the end of January. Which means they do not follow the same traditions as in Western cultures like sending Christmas cards or going to church. Now officially called the “Spring Festival,” it is a time when children receive new clothing, eat luxurious meals, receive new toys, and enjoy firecracker displays.
In China, only about one percent of people are Christians, so most people only know a few things about Christmas and because of this, Christmas is only often celebrated in the major cities. Christians in China celebrate this festival by lighting their houses with beautiful paper lanterns and various decoration. The Christian children of China decorate Christmas trees also known as “Trees of Light”, with colorful ornaments made from paper in the shapes of flowers, chains and lanterns and also hang muslin stockings hoping that Christmas Old Man will fill them with gifts and treats.
The non-Christian Chinese call this season the Spring Festival and celebrate with many festivities that include delicious meals and pay respects to their ancestors. The children are the main focus of these celebrations, they receive new clothes and toys, eat delectable food and watch firecrackers displays.
A tradition that’s becoming popular, on Christmas Eve, is giving apples. Many stores have apples wrapped up in colored paper for sale. People give apples on Christmas Eve because in Chinese Christmas Eve is called ‘Ping An Ye’ which means silent night and the word for apple in Chinese is ‘Ping Guo’ which sounds similar.
People who are Christians in China go to special services. Going to Midnight Mass services has become very popular.
In China, Santa is known as ‘Sheng dan lao ren’ which means Old Christmas Man.
In Chinese Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Sheng Dan Kuai Le’ or in Mandarin and ‘Seng Dan Fai Lok’ or in Cantonese.
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