Now that September has arrived, there are three months before Christmas. Did you know that Christmas begins in the Philippines as soon as September begins? Additionally, did you know that Slingo.com put together a list of the greatest Christmas songs ever?
Christmas is typically a season of giving and receiving. You receive gifts, whether they come in the form of cash or goods, as well as gifts from your friends and family. Christmas is also a time to take a trip, therefore we’ve listed several Christmas activities that you might like doing in different countries.
Krampus Parade in Austria
What is the purpose of the parade? The early villagers thought that Krampus and his army of ferocious elves known as perchten roamed the Tyrolean highlands of the Alps and wreaked havoc. The elves particularly enjoyed beating drunks, children who were acting out of control, and lethargic people. On occasion, Krampus kidnaps thieves. Parents used the threat of Krampus to frighten rebellious children into improving their behavior.
As time went on, Christianity replaced pagan beliefs, and a new myth emerged: that of the gentle, charitable Saint Nicholas, now known as Santa Claus. However, isolated villages in the Tyrol continued to believe in their paganism, and Krampus’ nefarious influence persisted. Krampus was instead given a new, supporting role by the townsfolk, who made him Krampus St. Nick’s sidekick. He essentially became Santa’s wicked twin. Santa rode in the company of Krampus, and the two mythical creatures played the roles of good and bad cops, rewarding good children and punishing bad ones.
Krampus subsequently evolved into a modern-day anti-hero. The half-wolf, half-demon is a star in Tyrol; a rebellious outlaw who appeals to our wild side with his daring attire. He also personifies a rebellious stance regarding Santa Claus’s extreme commercialism. Today, Tyroleans celebrate Krampus and his naughty elf companions with crowded annual events. Numerous cities, towns, and villages around the world celebrate the boisterous Krampus spirit from November through Epiphany (12 days after Christmas). Particularly young males are drawn to him and make up the majority of the Krampus cult.
The Krampuslauf is the focal point of Tyrol’s yearly Krampus frenzy. Although it means “Krampus Run,” this is now more frequently referred to as the “Krampus Parade” in English. The wintertime competition used to be a race where participants attempted to outrun a runner wearing a Krampus costume. The participants were intended to be inebriated according to custom so that Krampus would desire to catch them.
Numerous Krampus celebrations liven up Austria. The parade, a stunning nightly procession of horrifyingly garbed Krampus figures and Perchten elves, is always the focal point of the celebration.
The marchers are dressed in spooky costumes, and the event is at night. They had shaggy garments, demonic masks, spiraling horns, whips, and torches, which gave them the appearance of a hybrid between cavemen and Vimings. The marchers include some acrobats who perform flips and cartwheels. Some Krampuses throw flames or just flick their whips in the air at onlookers.
The size of this festival rivals Mardi Gras’ in New Orleans and Tyrol. Over 300 parade groups called Passe in Salzburg alone spend months making parade attire, marching formations, and celebration schedules.
How to Attend?
This occasion takes place in the Tyrol region of the western Austrian Alps. Typically, either St. Nicholas Eve (December 5) or St. Nicholas Day (December 6) see the Krampuslauf or Krampus Parade. Munich, the nearest hub for international flights, is reachable in under two hours by train from Kitzbuhel or Salzburg. As an alternative, travelers to Tyrol can switch aircraft in London or Frankfurt to arrive in Innsbruck, the major city in the region, and then go by ground to their Krampus town.
Christmas in Australia
In contrast to other nations where Christmas is observed during the winter, Australia observes Christmas during the hottest part of the summer. To escape the heat, locals head to the beach or picnic sites, and many Australians enjoy Yuletide revelry with a BBQ on the sand. Playing a lot of cricket, indulging in holiday libations, and singing songs in front of Christmas lights are additional pastimes that are popular with Australians.
The Gold Coast in Queensland, Byron Bay in New South Wales, and Shark Bay in Western Australia are three locations where you may try spending Christmas by the sea.
Christmas in Athens, Greece
Every Athens plaza will have Christmas trees up during the first week of December. Syntagma Square witnesses the ceremonial lighting of the main one. Additionally, not very long ago, the more conventional karavaki (a small boat) served as the focal point of the holiday season and was decked up in lights and decorations. Villagers used to adorn boats in the past to represent a safe homecoming for people who worked at sea. The men’s safe return is continuously commemorated by this custom today. To represent the return home, they decorated the neighborhood boats and set them with their bows pointed inward on the floor close to the fireplace. Some areas that are typically closer to the coast continue to follow this custom.
If you’d like to see this in person, book a flight to Athens, Greece.
Christmas party in Mexico
The night before Christmas is a festive occasion in Mexico, complete with a large feast, music, and dancing. This is comparable to how Filipinos spend Noche Buena, or Christmas Eve, with their family in the Philippines, where they also participate in Las Posadas celebrations. People throw enormous gatherings, sing holiday tunes, and make pinatas over the period of nine nights as they commemorate Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
A noche buena can be experienced in either Mexico or the Philippines.
Going to 12 pubs in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin as a whole goes all out in a riot of holiday color, music, and spirit. There is no shortage of pantomimes or seasonal concerts, and the streets are crowded with people enjoying themselves. If you’re taking children on your trip, let them explore the elves’ workshop and Santa’s grotto while the adults enjoy the live entertainment and seasonal refreshments. The annual inebriated journey to the 12 pubs of Christmas is the biggest event of the season. In the evening, people visit 12 bars rather than 12 distinct homes throughout the town. In this place, people visit 12 pubs in a single day and purchase a drink at each one. It typically involves dressing up in holiday-themed costumes and is done as a social excursion with friends.
There are a few rules that most people are aware of when doing the 12 Pubs of Christmas:
- Everyone is required to dress up as Santa or one of his elves or wear a jumpsuit with a Christmas motif.
- The group won’t be permitted to converse inside the designated “silent pub,” which will be designated for this purpose.
- No Profanity: Profanity is not permitted anywhere—not even in one of the 12 bars.
- No bathroom: No group members are permitted to use the restroom in the selected establishments.
- Only Guinness: A pint of the bitter beverage may be ordered.
- Left-handed: Use only your left hand to drink; those who are left-handed must use their right.
- The person on your left should receive the pint.
- No names: No one is to be addressed by their given name.
- Pub crawl: You must crawl on your hands and knees to bring a round of pints.
- Father Jack: You must quote something from Father Jack for each drink you sip. A quote that is used more than once is not counted.
- No phones: You must turn off your phones until you have attended all 12 Christmas pubs.
- Everybody sings a Christmas carol or a portion of one in at least one of the taverns.
- Carol Singing – Each person sings a Christmas carol or a snippet in at least one of the pubs.
There are no punishments for breaking the rules, but in the event that they are, the following are some typical consequences:
- Taking a shot
- Down one pint in one motion
- Put yourself out there in front of the bar.
- Try doing a handstand.
- No longer permitted to speak until the end of the following round.
- The following round will be drink-free, and you’ll need to finish a bag of peanuts. Chips can be an alternative if you have nut allergies.
Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando, Philippines
The Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando, Pampanga, is surely worth visiting because we brought up the Philippines over the Christmas season. This occurs every year during the holiday season when the town of San Fernando hosts the Ligligan Parol, or Giant Lantern Festival, in English. As thousands of spectators or watchers watch in astonishment, the night sky is illuminated by numerous enormous lanterns that are bursting with color.
I hope this helps you decide where to spend Christmas this year.