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Christmas is almost here! Shop for Christmas gifts for your dear ones and business associates before it’s too late!
A nice corporate gift basket to Sweden for your colleagues will not only demonstrate your generosity but also help to establish better relationships and set a good start for the upcoming year.
Remember your friends and loved ones this holiday season and don’t forget that what goes around comes around!
This Christmas season show your love and appreciation to all the significant people in your life. Along with friends and family members remember to send a Christmas gift basket to colleagues, business associates or employees. Start the new year with establishing great relationships with those you care about!
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The coming of a new year is often accompanied by a great deal of customs and superstition. Even though in different cultures people welcome a new year differently, celebrations are almost always meant to bring more happiness, prosperity, love and good luck in the coming year. With New Year’s upon us, here’s a look at some most unusual good luck rituals from around the world.
There’s a recurring theme of visiting graveyards on major holidays in many cultures. But Chile is the only country that took this tradition on a whole new level. Chilean families do not only visit cemeteries for a New Year’s Eve mass, but set up chairs next to the gravesides of their deceased relatives and wait with the dead for the new year to come.
Once the church bells strike midnight in Austria all radio and TV stations start playing “The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss II. Austrians at parties, in their homes, and on the streets begin waltzing together welcoming the new year with a collective dance.
Filipinos know that circles make the world go round and that’s why on New Year they keep everything round, from wearing outfits with circular patterns and polka dots to eating round food and fruit. And why shouldn’t they? Especially when circles representing the roundness of coins are believed to bring good fortune and prosperity to the household.
Dropping and breaking a dish is considered a bad luck in many cultures, but if you brake that same dish in Denmark on New Year, it’ll have a completely opposite effect. Throughout the year, Danes save their old dishes only to smash them at the front door of their neighbors and friends on New Years. Loud and destructive way of welcoming the New Year by breaking plates symbolizes good luck. In a kind of neighborhood popularity contest, the family with the most broken china piled on their doorstep can boast having the most friends.
Central and South America: What’s the color of your underwear?
The color of your underwear should never be taken lightly; especially on New Year’s Eve. In many Central and South American countries, your luck in the new year depends on the color of underwear you’re wearing at the stroke of midnight. For those who are seeking luck in their love life, Mexicans suggest wearing red underwear. Bright yellow undies on the other hand are supposed to increase your wealth and fortune. Some people say that it brings even more luck if the underwear is received as a New Year gift.
Spain: Counting down the seconds
In Spain, people welcome the New Year by eating 12 grapes. Revelers gather in major squares and once they start countdown the last 12 seconds of the year they gobble one grape per second. If all 12 grapes are eaten by the time the clock stops chiming each month of the New Year will bring them good luck.
Latin America: Hungry for an adventure
New Year in Thailand occurs during the hottest season of the year and people celebrate it by splashing water at each other. This custom originates from the tradition of a cleansing ritual when fragrant water is poured on Buddha images and then on family members to help bring good luck.
China: Paint it Red
Catholic Christmas is the biggest and most significant secular and religious holiday of the year. It is traditionally observed on December, 25 in many countries around the world including US, UK, Australia, Canada, Western Europe, etc.
Christmas is not only the biggest but also the most favorite holiday for both children and adults. For grown ups Christmas is the time for vacations and family reunions, while for kids it’s a magic holiday associated with Santa Claus who brings all obedient children their Christmas gifts.
On Christmas Eve all faithful Christians attend a holiday midnight mass. The next day families and friends gather together for a festive meal featuring traditional menu. The celebration is followed by the exchange of Christmas presents.
Such countries as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Macedonia, Montenegro, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Serbia belong to Orthodox faith and celebrate Christmas on January 7. The date is different because Eastern Church uses Julian calendar instead of Gregorian calendar adopted on the West.
The official Christmas and New Year holidays in Russia and other Orthodox countries last from December 31st to January 10th. Although Christmas is treated somewhat secondary in comparison with New Year’s Day it includes many beautiful traditions.
For faithful people Christmas start 40 days earlier with a lent which ends on the evening of worship service on Christmas Eve. On January, 7 people go to church, have a festive family dinner and exchange Christmas gifts with loved ones and friends.
Although Christmas in Asia is not a big holiday because only a small part of the population belongs to Christian faith it’s becoming more and more popular.
In Japan, South Korea and China there is no official celebration of Christmas, but there is an unofficial widespread secular observance of the holiday due to the influence of the Western culture. Christmas in this countries is more a commercial event, celebrated mostly by the young generation and couples who gladly use the holiday as a reason for Christmas gift giving.
In Hong Kong, on the contrary, Christmas is a big holiday, because there are Christians of most denominations. Christmas in Malaysia is both a public and religious festival. The local Christian community observes all Christmas traditions including Advent and fasting.
Christmas gift exchange is very important for establishing personal and business relationships. Sending Christmas gift baskets overseas for you loved ones, friends and international business associates is a great way of showing your love, respect and care.
Gourmands on your list will appreciate a gourmet basket filled with delicious and exquisite treats. Wine connoisseurs will be grateful to receive a gift hamper of good wine, fruit or gourmet snacks. A classic wine gift will be also perfect for your boss, client, employee or colleague. For chocoholics and kids there’s no better surprise than a sweet basket full of chocolate and candies. For female recipients a holiday flower arrangement in addition to a gourmet or sweet gift will be a great choice.
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