Whether you’re religious or not, Christmas has become a symbol of happiness and companionship. It’s interesting to see how people from different regions celebrates this holiday. In particular, the celebrations in Austria is perhaps more on the scary side than warmth. Hence, let’s take a look at three weird, yet wonderful, Christmas traditions.
日本肯德基炸雞大餐| Kentucky Fried Chicken Dinner, Japan
Christmas isn’t too meaningful for many East Asian countries, including Japan. However, a rising and unorthodox tradition has formed in recent years in Japan – a Christmas feast of a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. It is rumored that this tradition originated in 1974, when a foreigner couldn’t purchase turkey but only fried chicken during the Christmas season.
Soon, Kentucky took great advantage of the scenario and successfully instilled the concept of “Bucket Meal” throughout Japan. The Japanese fervently crave Kentucky fried chicken on Christmas so much that it usually takes 2 hours to get a perfect meal.
多倫多聖誕樹點燈日| Cavalcade of Lights, Toronto
A Toronto tradition over 50 years of history, Cavalcade of Lights marks the official start to the festive December. Cavalcade of Lights first held to demonstrated the newly-constructed City Hall of Toronto. It gradually became an event that everyone in Toronto excitedly look forward to participate in.
Cavalcade of Lights features an illuminating 18-meter tall Christmas tree, dazzling fireworks shows and many musical performances in the center of the City – Nathan Phillips Square.
奧地利聖誕妖怪：坎卜斯| “Krampus” of Austria
When it comes to beast-like creatures and scary costumes, you might associate them with Halloween. Yet, “Krampus”, which is St. Nicholas’ evil accomplice, appears during Christmas time in Austria.
While St. Nicholas rewards well-behaved children, Krampus whisks naughty kids away in his sack.
Although the origin of the Krampus remains unclear, many Austrians and anthropologists surmise that their actions and appearance may derive from pagan supernatural beings associated with Christian devils.
In the early December, you can spot people dressing up as Krampus on Austrian streets to frighten children with bells!