All around the globe, people are now sharing the joys of the holiday season. From a localization professional’s perspective, I admire how the same and the most common holiday of all – New Year’s Eve- is celebrated differently in each country. In other words, every population localizes the Celebration according to its own traditions. In this post, I invite you to take a tour around the World’s Most Interesting Holiday Traditions and let us know what your unique celebrations are.
For Christmas, most Canadian families decorate a fir or pine tree due to their abundance in the Eastern Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Whereas on New Year’s Day, things tend to get a little chilly, especially in Vancouver where people go for a “Polar Bear Swim” in almost freezing water. Care to join your local Polar Bear club this year?
In India, many states, such as Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and the city of Mumbai use Banana and Mango trees, and leaves for decoration. On the other hand, traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations across the country include rituals, such as Yagya and Puja during which Hindu families aspire for a fruitful year.
When he gets to Australia, Santa gives reindeers a rest and uses kangaroos! As for decorations, Australians use bunches of ‘Christmas Bush’, a native Australian tree with small green leaves and cream colored flowers.And since the New Year coincides with the start of summer, the major attractions for celebrating it are beach parties and outdoor activities, such as bonfires and camping.
In Germany, celebrations start as early as four Sundays before Christmas.Germans make an Advent wreath of fir or pine branches with four colored candles and they light one of these candles each Sunday, sing Christmas songs, and eat Christmas cookies.On New Year’s Eve, the entire country loves watching the 1920s British Cabaret play “Dinner For One” that is broadcast on German television stations in black and white.
Many families and stores are now accustomed to using artificial Christmas trees instead of real ones. This is done for many reasons including saving trees, convenience and cost. But real trees are still used for Christmas decorations at homes, business and particularly major cities like New York and Boston. Their type varies, but fir, pine and spruce are the most common and are often imported from the north or Canada.
Many cities celebrate First Night on the eve of New Year’s Eve. New York drops the Apple in Times Square, while Boston and many other cities organize street parties and fireworks.
The movie most watched around Christmas is the 1946 It’s a Wonderful Life movie, starring James Stewart as George Bailey. Nothing like a tear jerker to get you in the holiday spirit!
Our translation and localization industry is blessed with diversity and distinctiveness. We embrace and celebrate them wholeheartedly the entire year, but particularly during the Holiday Season. To our readers, thank you for following our blog and to our clients, thank you for trusting us with your Translation and Localization projects. We wish you all a very happy Holidays Season and a prosperous New Year. Merry Christmas!