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Christmas Around Asia

Christmas Around Asia

Each country has its own unique way of celebrating the Christmas season. We took the time to explore the different traditions around Asia and discover what makes the day so memorable and most importantly, what they eat.  

India

India celebrates Christmas vigorously; you will discover churches covered in poinsettia for the Christmas Midnight Mass with the church interiors decorated with red flowers and oil-burning lamps, making for a spectacular sight.

Christmas lunch is a family affair, in which everyone will contribute with the feast, consisting of main meals include mutton stews and roast meats including duck. Athirasam, a sweet made in South India especially during festivals are popular in India as is Christmas pudding.

Using our Indian butter chicken spice paste, a butter pumpkin and vegetable stew will complement an Indian inspired Christmas feast perfectly.

China

In China, children decorate Christmas trees with colourful paper ornaments which are in the shape of flowers, chains and lanterns.

The Chinese Christmas tree is called 'trees of light'. Santa Claus is called Sheng Dan Lao Ren which means 'Christmas Old Man'. Children hang stockings in hope that Christmas old man will fill them with gifts and treats.

A typical Chinese Christmas feast is similar to Chinse New year with roasted BBQ pork, chicken, dumplings, sweets and soups. Try our golden pineapple rice recipe complete an authentic Chinese inspired Christmas feast. 

Japan

The population of Japan is only 1% Christian, yet, everyone gets involved in the festive seasons, decorating shops and home with evergreens.  There is no public holiday and no Turkey but the streets do come to life with people as they make it an occasion to eat out at restaurants,  drink and swap gifts with family and friends; it has been described as a combination of Easter and Valentine's Day.

An example of a traditional Japanese Christmas dish is Christmas cake. However, it's not a rich fruit cake, but a sponge cake is preferred, decorated with strawberries and whipped cream.

Add a Japanese twist to your Christmas with miso soup or check out our complete Japanese range.

Vietnam

Christmas is an intricate part of the Vietnamese culture.  The streets fill with locals on Christmas Eve. People celebrate by throwing confetti, taking pictures and enjoying the Christmas decorations and lights of big hotels and department stores.

Christmas day in Vietnam incorporates both the modern day world as well as old traditions.  The Christmas dinner usually consists of a feast with an array of traditional and non-traditional foods including chicken soup, turkey and Christmas pudding.  Perhaps treat your guests to this Pho-inspired chicken noodle soup this Christmas?



 


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