Christmas Around The World
This year we spent Christmas in Singapore. It is so much fun and enlightening to travel to other countries and experience how they celebrate the holidays. Last year we were also in Asia, Bangkok to be more specific. Not only is the weather so very different than where we live but the culture is very different also. One thing that is a constant, however, is holiday lights and decorations.
There may not be a lot of Christmas trees like North Americans are used to seeing but there are always some type of lights and decorations, even in countries where they do not celebrate Christmas like Christians do. Whether they decorate for the tourists who are visiting, or in preparation of New Year’s Eve, the mood is festive and everyone is gearing up for the big New Year’s celebration.
It’s interesting to me that countries which are primarily Hindu or Muslim, for instance, still decorate for Christian holidays. Perhaps it’s a testament to the fact that Christmas has become a commercial holiday around the world. But regardless of your religious beliefs, lights and colorful decorations cover the world during the holidays. Singapore shows its colors, and its lights, every December.
The holiday lights were beautiful in Singapore, but it was all about the glitz and glamor. Everyone seems to want to partake of the holiday celebrations, regardless of religious or political backgrounds. The world truly lights up at Christmas!