Christmas In Romania:

Christmas is one of the best celebrations in Romania. This festival is celebrated with full of joy and excitement. In 1947 when country surrendered against USSR accept the western tradition to celebrate Christmas. Later in 1989 country establish its own tradition within the basic of Christmas celebration. Singing carols in special form are basic activity on Christmas here. Decorating Christmas tree within houses and streets explores the celebration.

“Ignatius” is the main tradition on Christmas here. It is performed in the honor of Saint Ignatius. This is come on 20 December. This ritual includes sacrificing a pig in each house.

After performing pre activity head of pig is cut down by sharp knife. Small part of the Meat is cooked immediately for family member. Carolers sing carols by going house to house. They hold star painted cards and images of bible during the singing. People serve nuts, chocolate and other desserts to carolers.

Cooking is started 3 days before of Christmas. Christmas dinner includes pickled cabbage leaves stuffed with combination of pork and beef along with rice, pepper, thyme and other spices. “Sarmale” and “cozonaci” are the unique dishes of the Romanian Christmas dinner.

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Christmas Celebrations In Syria:

Christmas tradition in Syria is the same as other countries of the world. Syria has Arabic location so people here wish Mary Christmas as “Milad Majid”. Americans here wishes “Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand” instead Mary Christmas to others. On Christmas evening people get together outside the house and arrange huge Bonfire.

Young Child or son of family read the Christmas story while a bonfire is continuing. When bonfire is stopped and ashes is remains people jumps trice over it and make wishes one by one. People wake up early in the morning and goes to the church. A mass of bonfire is arrange their also at center floor of the church. Ancient hymens are sung and figure of Christ child is carried by chief church official.

He touches nearest person the “touch of peace”, this person to next and so on till last person in the mass. Fasting is another important part on this celebration like other countries of the world. Christmas dinner includes chickens, nuts, oranges etc.

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