The Saint Nicholas Day or the Feast of Saint Nicholas is celebrated on 6th December in many countries across the world.
Saint Nicholas, also known as Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century Christian Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra in Lycia (part of modern-day Turkey).
Both the American Santa Claus and the British Father Christmas are legendary figures whose attributes derive from the beliefs surrounding St. Nicholas.
During his lifetime, Saint Nicholas developed a reputation for giving gifts to people putting coins into other people’s shoes, which accounts for many of today’s Christmas traditions that involve leaving gifts in shoes or boots.
Saint Nicholas Day Celebrations :
It is a festival for children in many countries in Europe, as of this day they get gifts from Saint Nicholas. On the Eve of Saint Nicholas Day, i.e., on December 5, children throughout Europe put their shoes or a special St. Nicholas boot in front of the fireplace or the front door at night to find them filled with small gifts the next morning.
Good children receive gifts which normally include candy, cookies, small toys, or fruit, while naughty or mischievous children get pieces of black coal.
Some churches have special services dedicated to the feast of St Nicholas on this day.
Some of the countries who celebrate Saint Nicholas Day are France, Malta, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, German, Bavaria, Tyrol, Swiss folklore, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Lebanon, Palestine, United States, Canada, and so on.
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