Xmas traditions around the worldpage 2 / 5
Christmas customs in SLOVAKIA involve predictions for the future. Apples are cut crosswise and if a star appears at the core, next year will be a good one. A cross foretells bad luck.
Christmas Eve in BULGARIA is celebrated with a meal comprising twelve different dishes, each one representing a different month of the year.
Xmas in UKRAINE. It is traditional to hang a spider among the Christmas tree decorations in Ukraine and to place stalks of wheat as a centrepiece on the dinner table.
Christmas in GEORGIA people have their own variant on the popular Christmas tree: known as the “Chichilaki”, often made of a hazelnut branch carved to resemble a “Tree of Life” and decorated with fruit and sweets. The local equivalent of Santa Claus is known as “tovlis papa” or “grandfather snow”.
Christmas in ESTONIA People leave the leftover food from Christmas dinner on the table over night for the visiting spirits of departed family and friends. It is traditional to visit graveyards during the holiday season and leave candles for the deceased.