Christmas Eve Celebrations in Brazil:

Brazil is one of the countries where people from many parts of world are living. They live in group or colony and celebrate according to their culture or choice. St. Papai Noel is figure of Santa who lives in Greenland and visit people on Christmas. Brazil atmosphere is hot so Santa wears silky clothes opposite to the standers and most usual heavy winter clothes. Dinner on Christmas at Brazil known as Ceia De Natal includes turkey, colored rice, vegetables and fruit dishes etc.

Catholics at Brazil attend Midnight Mass or Missa Do Galo that ends at 1 PM. On 25th December people start to visit churches from early morning. They pray to Jesus for well being and happy life. Homes are decorated with fresh flowers of gardens. Christmas trees are prepared and decorated with colorful lights. Singing and folk dancing is key part of celebration at night. Celebration is continues up to 6th January when three rich person serve the gift to Jesus. Christmas is good time to get close to the culture of Brazilians.

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Christmas In Ukraine:

Ukraine celebrates the Christmas according to the Julian calendar. Celebration is starts on 6 January and end on 19 January or “Jordan”. 7 January is the Christmas day here which is the Orthodox Church holy day. Fasting for four weeks is tradition to celebrate Christmas here.

“Sviata Vechera” is the significance on this celebration. Christmas dinner is started when children announce the appearance of first star in the sky. In the rural area of country head of family brings sheaf of wheat called “didukh”(the grandfather spirit). sviata Vechera brings with prayer on Christmas day.

The head of the family recited the traditional Christmas greeting ‘Khristos rodyvsya!’ or ‘Khristos razhdayetsya’ (meaning Christ is born!). “Slavite Yoho!’ (Let Us Glorify Him!) is the answer given by other members of the family. Ukrainian Christmas carols or Kolyadky sings after supper by the entire family.

Collecting donation from door to door by Youngsters and children is another tradition here. Church services begin before midnight and continue to next day morning.

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