We are learning about Christmas in Spain. We did some research about Christmas in Spain. In Spain they have a tradition called the Hogueras. This takes place on December 21st. This is an old tradition. In it people jump over small fires on the Winter Solstice the shortest day of the year. They believe this will prevent illness and sickness for the long winter ahead. The fire blesses them for the Winter.
Spain is a catholic country so they are very religious. On Christmas Eve they ring the bells telling everyone to go to Church. This is the mass of Rooster.
The most beautiful of the Candlelit service is in the monastery of Montseratin the high mountains of Barcelona. They also do a Nativity scene that has the baby Jesus in it. The Spanish word for it is Nacimiento.In Barcelona they bring lit candles to the mass. The Spanish call this Mass La Misa Regallo.
Then comes Christmas dinner and it is never eaten until way after midnight, the people do not eat food all day, they fast until the midnight meal. Click on the Christmas quilt to hear a Spanish Christmas carol
After the meal they sing Christmas carols. They sing until the early morning hours. Christmas Day is spent at Church and feasts.
China is the fourth largest country in the world. China has a special wall that is thousands of years old, and thousands of miles long called the Great Wall of China.
There are many animals in China but the most popular animal in China is the Giant Panda.The Giant Panda is the most endangered animal in China.
In their culture the Dragon symbolizes good luck and is used as a good luck charm.
This Christmas our class is studying about how they celebrate the Christmas holiday in China. China is a very special country and they have a big Christmas celebration in some parts of China. Not all are Christians in China. China has different religions. So not everybody celebrates Christmas.
China uses the dragon as a symbol during celebrations of Christmas. The signature colors in China are red and gold/yellow. The Chinese people hang red and gold paper lanterns all over their homes and outdoors at Christmas time . Some Chinese people even have a Christmas tree like us.
On their tree Chinese people use a lot of different kinds of paper ornaments,lanterns, flowers, animals, and especially the dragon. All of these ornaments are handmade.
At Christmas in China they eat peking duck, and they eat delicious dumplings, Bow ties, walnut cookies and of course rice. They have a Santa Claus like ours but he is called Dun Che Lao Ren which means Christmas old Man.
And how do you say Merry Christmas in Chinese? Well in Mandarin it is Kung Hsi Hsi Nien bing Chu Shen Tan and in Cantonese it is Gun Tso Sun Tan Gung Haw Sun.
Well Kung Hsi Hsi Nien bing Chu Shen Tan (Merry Christmas) to all ,and to all a good night!