Strange Christmas customs from all over the world

 From the childhood remember certainly some of the many wishlist, which has been written to Santa Claus or to the Christ Child. "Dear Santa Claus (or dear Christkind), I wish this year for Christmas …". In Italy, these wish lists are sent to the Christmas witch "La Befana". It's coming to the movies soon, we have the trailer for you in the player under this text. We looked around and put together the top 5 of the most extraordinary Christmas traditions. Big witch-hunters in Estonia: The Italians love their Christmas witch, but in Estonia everything is done to keep the witches away. What you have to do for it? You grab a broom and clean – and the broom itself! Because witches ride, as is well known, especially on dirty brooms and then try to steal the gifts to the children. Therefore, the children are not presented in the Advent season by a witch, but by little gnomes, gnomes and the well-known Santa Claus ("Jouuvana"). So that the gifts remain so complete, every little broom must be thoroughly cleaned!
Greece's expulsion of nocturnal goblins: In Greece, during the Christmas season, attention must be paid to a permanently burning Christmas fire. The reason is the Kalikanzari, which should be kept away by the fire for 12 nights. Kalikanzari are red-eyed, hairy, nocturnal goblins who leave their quarters under the earth during this time and provide a lot of nonsense. If the fire suddenly goes out or the milk gets sour at one go, the culprit has been known for a long time! As an alternative to fire, you can also use a water bowl with a basil branch and a cross.
Mexico's Night of Radishes: The "Noche de Rábanos" is right in our top 5 of the unusual Christmas traditions. The Radish Festival is practiced in Mexico, more precisely in the small town of Oaxaca. With the Night of Radishes, which is considered the highlight of the Advent, is reminiscent of the introduction of vegetables by the Spaniards in the 18th century. One of the most notable features of Mexican oversized radishes is their carved, detailed Nativity Scenes. Therefore, in honor of the talented carvers, a big party must be held. This unique night of radishes will be celebrated on the following days. What should not be missing is a big firework!
Islands 13 Jólasveinar: In Iceland, the role of Santa Claus is successfully taken over by 13 little Christmas gnomes, who are actually trolls and are sent from the highlands to the city only once a year by their basically bad-tempered and extremely terrifying troll mother Grýla. The first day of work starts on the 12th of December, from then on one of the Christmas gnomes brings a small present every day until Christmas Eve. For this, the Icelandic children put their shoes on the windowsill, the children, who were not good for the year, the next day find an old potato in her shoe. Incidentally, the behavior of the brothers leaves much to be desired, they steal, burp and pop the doors, which is why the Icelanders have to reckon with a lot of turbulence at home these days. At Christmas, the little trolls celebrate together before disappearing one after the other. It is not until 6th January that the Icelanders can breathe a sigh of relief, and Jólasveinar will be gone until next December.
Hungary's Luca chair: The Luca széke: In Iceland, the Christmas gnomes set off on December 12, but in Hungary, people have to lend a hand a day later: the Luca széke (Luca chair) is being built. It should be noted that it consists of seven different types of wood and is exactly on Christmas Eve. This shooter should then protect from witches. Directly on Christmas Eve you take the chair to Christmette, stand on the chair and look for witches. If you look at one, you are in a hurry. The poppy seed already ready, they are now quickly unpacked, thrown to the ground and ran home with the chair in hand. You do that because of course the witch has to pick up all the poppy seeds before she can start the persecution. At home, therefore, you burn your chair as fast as possible to be safe from the witches next year.

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