Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas and New Years in Estonia

This entry is written for an English class. I am going to talk about the way Estonians celebrate Christmas and New Years eve.

In Estonia the Christmas season starts on the first advent when the children put up Christmas stockings. Most kids also have advent calendars which start on the first advent and end on Christmas day. Families bring Christmas trees to their homes and decorate them.

In Estonia Christmas day is on the 24th December. Christmas is usually celebrated with families. In the evening there is a huge feast which includes traditional Christmas foods like: Gingerbread, black pudding, headcheese, mandarin oranges (I have no idea why), sauerkraut, mulled wine and a lot of non traditional foods. After eating people gather around the Christmas tree to open presents. In exchange for the gifts the receiver has to preform something (sing a song, recite a poem etc.).

Estonians celebrate New Years with watching and letting off fireworks at midnight, and drinking champagne. Often people also make new years resolutions. In my family it is a tradition to do a collage of our wishes for the next year.

These traditions are quite similar to the ones in other countries in northern Europe, but the Spanish traditions are very different.

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