New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses ‒ that of the North and South Islands ‒ and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated in east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans.
The Capital of this country is Wellington and the largest city is Auckland.
Christmas Celebrations in New Zealand :
Christmas Day and Boxing Day are both statutory holidays in New Zealand.
In New Zealand, Christmas comes in the middle of the summer holidays with activities like present-buying and parties, families are preparing for trips to the beach. Shops are decorated with Father Christmas in his red cloak and white beard, as well as snow scenes. Many towns have a Santa parade with decorated floats, bands and marching girls. The most popular among those is Auckland’s Santa Parade down Queen Street, which features numerous floats and marching bands and attracts large crowds every year. This can be any time from mid November onwards and is really a commercial event but much enjoyed by all. Many people have a Christmas Tree in their homes and decorated with all the beautiful hangings.
The Pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa), which produces large crimson flowers in December, is an often used symbol for Christmas in New Zealand.
Many New Zealanders have a barbecue for Christmas lunch which includes shrimps, hams, meat and other fish accompanied with desserts like a hot fruit pudding with custard and ice cream but cold desserts are popular, also pavlova and whipped cream, meringues, cold fruit salad, jelly and ice cream. Drinks will include a range of soft drinks. Those who like it often over do the alcoholic drinks too. The main course of this special Christmas meal includes roast chicken, roast lamb, cold ham, hot roast vegetables such as potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato, and other root vegetables and also greens such as peas. Coleslaw is increasing in popularity.
After the this delicious dinner people open their presents on Christmas day once the whole family is all together. This is usually before the Christmas lunch.
Forget to mention, the Queen’s Christmas message is broadcast at around 7:00 pm on Christmas evening which every body watches on Television or listens on Radio LIVE.
In the Maori language Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Meri Kirihimete’.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!