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Christmas Traditions Around the World

by onelove
Christmas Traditions Around the World

Merry Christmas! Buon Natale! Wesotych Swiat!
Craciun Fericit! Feliz Natal! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noel!

The Christmas holidays are filled with traditional songs and carols. Enjoy Unieros video playlist Christmas Songs from around the World. The holiday songs range from Romanian, Italian, Polish, and Jamaican reggae tunes.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition for Christmas? Watch the videos to see how people in other countries celebrate Christmas.


Italian Christmas – Buon Natale!
1. Christmas Eve is Italians abstain from eating meat and choose fish. Il capitone is a dish made with fried eels
2. Christmas day Italians enjoy a lengthy lunch called ‘il pranzo’
3. Italian Christmas carol called ‘Astro del Ciel’ (Star of the Sky) song in the same tune as Silent Night.

Jamaican Christmas – Reggae Merry Christmas
1. Jamaicans serve tasty sorrel drink mixture of rum, sorrel, and ginger
2. Junkanoo parade on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day (January 1) People dress up in colorful masques and costumes
3. Listen to the traditional Christian carols like Silent Night, O’ Come All Ye Faithful is put to a reggae beat.

Los Posados Mexican Christmas – Feliz Navidad
1. No presents given on Christmas Day but on “Dia de los Santos Reyes Magos (Six days after New Year’s Day)
2. Noche Buena (December 24) the nine days before is called ‘Novena’ where children walk the streets singing Mexican Christmas songs carrying lit candles and holding statues of both Mary and Joseph.
3. Las Posadas, nine consecutive days of candlelight processions and lively parties starting December 16

Romanian Christmas Carols Romanian Christmas – La multi ani
1. Festivities December 24 to January 7
2. Children go from house to house singing Christmas carols
3. New Year’s Day custom of ‘sorcova’ where a small stick is decorated with artificial flowers. Romanians use sorcova to touch the elders and wish them happy new year in many ways like
‘Merry sorcova’, ‘long may you live’…
Poland Food Christmas tradition
1. Polish Folklore states that animals can talk on Christmas Eve.
2. Girls who grind poppy seed on Christmas Eve hope for quick marriage
3. Poles serve 12 meatless courses. One for each Apostle. Carp fish is the traditionally eaten during Polish Christmas.



German Culture Christkindl Holiday Market

German Culture Christkindl Holiday Market

The annual Christkindl Market transforms Daley Plaza into a quaint German village lined with wooden cottages in the heart of Chicago downtown Loop.

Strolling through the Christkindl German Holiday market is will give you a walk through traditional German village. You will be greeted by the delicious smells of cooking food.

There is a constant waft of sweet, scent of warm toasted nuts, pretzels, strudels fruit filled pastries, hot cider, and lots of German sausages.

Inside each wooden cottage, you will find lots of treats.  Visitors can try purchase souvenirs and ornaments handmade in Germany and Austria.

Get one of the ceramic mugs in the shape of a boot for your hot cider. The hot cider liquor will warm you up on any winter day.

Be sure to take cash with you as many of the vendors are cash only.

The market is open now until Christmas Eve December 24. Christkindl Market is free and open to the public Sunday to Thursday from 11am-8pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am-9pm.

Location of the holiday market is Daley Plaza is 50 W Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602.



What to Expect at the 7th Annual Festival Cubano in Chicago

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What can you look forward to at this year’s 7th Annual Festival Cubano in Chicago August 12-14, 2016? Lot’s of Latino music entertainment plus, look out for a a 90-foot Cuban sandwich on park grounds. Renowned musical headliners range from Cuban hip-hop, salsa music and merengue music.

Opening night on Friday, Cuban-American Juan Esteban will headline the Festival on Friday and Cuban hip-hop group Orishas, a hip hop group. Saturday night urban merengue artist Elvis Crespo will headline the festival. Sunday night Cuban folk singer Albita and famed Puerto-Rican “Princess of Salsa” La India. musician La India headlines.

Watch Unieros video from Albita’s 2010 performance at Festival Cubano. She will also perform as one of the 2016 Festival Cubano headliners.

Festival Cubano will be open Friday, August 12, 4 pm-10 pm, Saturday and Sunday

August 13 and 14, 10 am-10 pm. The festival will be held in Riis Park, the intersection of Fullerton Avenue and Narragansett on Chicago’s west side. Look for the Cuban flag.

Three-Day passes/General admission, $20; Three-Day VIP Pass, $200. Three-day passes go on sale Friday, June 24. Sales for Single Day and Single Day VIP Passes as well as prices for at-the- door sales will be announced soon. Free admission for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at THECUBANFESTIVAL.COM