Advent Calendar Day 19: Different countries, different Christmas traditions

Advent Calendar Day 19: Different countries, different Christmas traditions

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Karácsony egy kicsit másképp. Nézzük meg, hogy más országokban hogyan ünnepelnek! Érdekes vagy éppen furcsa karácsonyi szokásokat gyűjtöttünk össze nektek. A videóban pedig megnézhetitek az ünnepre feldíszített Fehér Házat.

Little-Known Holiday Traditions Around The World

Skate to Church

Roller-skating is a lost art. But not in Caracas, Venezuela, where it is the traditional mode of transportation on Christmas Day. It is customary for children to tie strings to their toes on Christmas Eve before going to sleep, leaving them to dangle out their windows while they rest. In the morning, church-bound skaters tug the strings to wake the young ones from their slumber.

Glass Pickle

As legend would have it, each year on Christmas Eve in Germany a glass pickle ornament is hidden within the Christmas tree's boughs. The first person to find the pickle gets an extra gift from St. Nick and good luck in the coming year. However, ask any German about the fabled glass pickle and they'll clarify that this tale is strictly mythical. The German St. Nick doesn't even arrive on Christmas Eve; he makes his rounds earlier in the month on Dec. 5 or 6.

Caganer

In Catalonia, Spain, and a few other Mediterranean nations, "the Caganer" is a particularly peculiar figure. Dating back as far as the late 17th century, this figurine has traditionally been placed within the manger scene in a rather compromising position. To be more precise, the Caganer is doing his business amidst the nativity for all to see. Modern depictions have evolved with the times to include prominent leaders and celebrities. The Caganer's relevance has been debated over time. Some say it represents lightheartedness and humor, while others claim the figure speaks to human nature in all of its forms. When you gotta go, you gotta go, right?

Tió de Nadal

The Caganer is not the only holiday figure to focus on the posterior end of things. "Tió de Nadal" is another Catalonian Christmas character  who brings the weirdness. Beginning on Dec. 8, children stuff the Tió, a hollow log painted with a grinning face, with various candies and nuts each night. Tió is bundled up in a cozy blanket for the duration of his stay indoors. On Christmas Day, kids take sticks to poor Tió, beating him until these "gifts" are deposited from his rear end.

Decomposing Meat

If you have a raging appetite on Christmas morning, Greenland is not the place to be. Months before the Yuletide season begins, Auk birds are in high demand. Their meat is stripped, wrapped in seals' skin, and left to age under a rock for months. The rancid meat is served up on the 25th for all to enjoy... or not.

Straw Goat

Each year in the town of Gavle, Sweden, a roughly 45-foot-tall goat made of straw is assembled in the center of town. This tradition dates back to 1966, when the goat was set aflame at midnight on Christmas Eve. Mischievous arsonists have been persistent ever since, and the goat has been burned 25 times as of 2011.

KFC

In Japan, where less than 2 percent of the population celebrates Christmas, KFC has become the dinner destination of choice. The reason? Why, a brilliant corporate marketing campaign, of course! In Asia, KFC is commonly associated with America, so the company took advantage of this popular cultural belief and now holds market dominance over the holiday. A special Christmas package has even been created with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken that comes with a Christmas cake attached in a separate compartment hidden underneath the cardboard container.

Round Fruits

In countries around the globe, New Year's customs often revolve around welcoming good fortune and prosperity in the coming year. In the Philippines, round fruits symbolize these ideals and are incorporated as the New Year approaches. Bowls of fruit are set out on tables and some party-goers even don polka-dotted clothing. Similarly, in Spain, citizens wolf down 12 grapes at midnight. Each grape is said to bring good luck for each month of the year.

Christmas Pudding Wishes

Known across the pond as Christmas pudding or plum pudding, this oddly plum-less pudding cake can be found on many a British dinner table. Centuries ago, raisins, the main dried fruit found in the dish, were known as "plums," hence the misleading name. During the dessert's preparation, participants historically took turns stirring the batter as they made wishes for the New Year. Traditionally, a coin was inserted in the dough prior to baking and whoever found it in their piece was blessed with good fortune.

Trash Heap Lighting

While many of the traditions that made this list take place across the globe, there are some quirky holiday customs that occur right in our own backyard, in America One of the most peculiar (and most work-intensive) transpires in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Rumpke Sanitary Landfill. Each holiday season, workers complete the daunting task of stringing roughly 30,000 lights across 234 acres of trash. Yes, you read that correctly — 200-plus acres of pure garbage. The surreal scene is complete with giant candy canes clocking in at 25 feet tall.

source: thedailymeal.com

Watch the video about the Christmas decorations of the White House  and fill in the gaps in the script with the appropriate word and write the Hungarian equivalent next to it .

The First Lady ......(1) this year’s White House Christmas decorations. The ...... (2) is „American ...... (3)” recognizing the country’s „unique ......”(4), the White House says. Most striking are the ...... (5) trees which line the East Collonade. Melania’s team has reportedly been working on the theme for months. Some trees and decorations ...... (6) the First Lady’s „Be Best” campaign. You can make out city ...... (7) from across America in many decorations. The ...... (8) White House Christmas tree is ...... (9) in the Blue Room. The 18 foot tall tree is decorated with over 500 feet of ...... (10) ...... (11) ...... (12) in gold with each state and ...... (13)’s name.

Key

1. reveals - megmutatja

2. theme - téma

3. Treasures - kincsek

4. heritage - heritage

5. crimson – bíbor/karmazsinpiros

6. feature - ábrázolni

7. skylines - sziluettek

8. official - hivatalos

9. on display – kiállítva, bemutatva

10. velvet - bársony

11. ribbon - szalag

12. embroidered - hímezve

13. territory - terület

Vocabulary

roller-skating

görkorcsolyázás

customary

megszokott, szokásban van

to tie

kötni

string

spárga, madzag

toe

lábujj

to dangle

lógni, kilógni

church-bound

templomba tartó

to tug

meghúzni, megrángatni

slumber

szendergés

as legend would have it

a legenda úgy tartja, hogy...

glass

üveg

pickle

uborka

ornament

dísz

bough

ág

fabled

legendás

to clarify

világossá tenni

peculiar

furcsa

manger

istálló

compromising position

kompromittáló helyzet

to do sy’s business

végezni a szükségét

amidst

valami közepette

depiction

ábrázolás

lightheartedness

könnyedség

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

Ha menni kell, hát menni kell.

posterior

alfél, fenék

weirdness

furcsaság

hollow

üreges

log

fatörzs, fahasáb

grinning

vigyorgó

to bundle up

bebugyolálni

blanket

takaró

to deposit

kiüríteni

rear end

hátsó fele

raging appetite

hatalmas étvágy

Yuletide season

karácsonyi időszak

are in high demand

nagy igény van rájuk

to strip

leszedni

to wrap

becsomagolni

seal

fóka

to age

idősödni, öregedni, érni

rancid

avas

goat

kecske

straw

szalma

to set aflame

felgyújtani

mischievous

csintalan

arsonist

gyújtogató

to take advantage of

hasznot húzni valamiből

bucket

vödör

to revolve around sg

valami körül forogni

prosperity

gazdagság

to incorporate

beépíteni

to don

viselni

polka-dotted

pöttyös

to wolf down

befalni, mohón megenni

grapes

szőlő

across the pond

az óceán másik oldalán, Európában

plum

szilva

oddly

furcsa módon

plum-less

szilvátlan

raisin

mazsola

dried fruit

szárított gyümölcs

hence

innen, ezért

misleading

félrevezető

to stir

keverni

batter

tészta

coin

pénzérme

dough

tészta

to be blessed with good fortune

jó szerencsével megáldva lenni

quirky, peculiar

furcsa

daunting

csüggesztő, ijesztő

to string

felfüggeszteni, felaggatni

trash, garbage

szemét

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minden szint
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