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China Christmas Traditions

Christmas is thought as the arrival of holiday season. People from all over the world wait for this festival. There are lots of Christmas customs and traditions in China about Christmas celebration.
Christmas in China is known as Sheng Dan Jieh, which means Holy Birth Festival. It is celebrated by a small number of people in China, but now more and more people are joining in Christmas celebration due to globalization.

China Christmas history is only 400 years old. Many changes happened in Christmas celebration in China. They adorn their homes with evergreens, posters, and bright paper chains for Christmas celebration.

The family puts up a Christmas tree, "tree of light," and beautifies it with beautiful lanterns, flowers and red paper chains that symbolize happiness. They cut out red pagodas to paste on the windows, and they light their houses with paper lanterns, too.

Chinese people enjoy the fun and color which Christmas brings to the drab winter. Big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong are beautifully decorated on Christmas. Chinese Christians organize parties on Christmas Eve, and some people enjoy a big Christmas dinner at a restaurant.

Chinese Christians prepare different types of food items. People in China include Peking Duck, Cantonese Roast Duck, Kung Pao Chicken, Cookies, Five Spice Peanuts, Sesame Seed Balls, Spring Rolls as their Christmas food traditions.

The Christmas season is introduced with fireworks. Shops trade plastic trees and Christmas decorations and Santa Claus is a well-liked good-luck figure. Jugglers and acrobats entertain and people enjoy the jollity. Christian Chinese children hang up their muslin stockings on Christmas Eve which are specially made so Dun Che Lao Ren, or "Christmas Old Man," can fill them with wonderful gifts. Santa Claus may also be called Lan Khoong-Khoong, "Nice Old Father." People exchange their gifts and clelebrate their Christmas with great joy.