Christmas in Shorts
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Christmas Day in Hawaii usually means a large meal and a trip to the beach, where entertainers including ukulele players and hula dancers perform for holiday crowds. Of course, Santa himself, prefers Hawaiian garb, as well.
Forget mittens and sleds. Australia’s Father Christmas is most likely to bring towels, boogie boards and flipflops. After the traditional Christmas lunch, Aussies head to the beach, like Sydney’s Bondi Beach shown here, to kick off summer holidays.
Between December 25 and January 1, Bahamians celebrate Junkanoo, a carnival-like festival in which masked and costumed dancers parade through the streets.
Brazil’s warm weather may seem at odds with the traditional snowflake and Christmas tree decor that’s popular in the area. Here a reveler paddle boards past the world’s largest floating Christmas tree in Rio de Janeiro’s Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon.
Christmas morning in Ethiopia begins with celebrants attending church dressed in white. There, priests perform Christmas rituals that include playing drums.
The Day of the Candles, celebrated on the night of December 7, marks the evening of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Colombia, as well as the beginning of the country’s Christmas holidays.
In New Zealand, the Pohutukawa stands in for the Christmas tree.
Filipinos celebrate the holidays with paper lanterns which are displayed on houses, office buildings and on streets. Tradition has it that the lanterns represent the victory of light over darkness.
Many Latin American countries, including El Salvador, celebrate Christmas with pastorelas, plays that are similar to Christmas pageants, in which performers, often children, act out of biblical passages.
Thousands of people attend San Jose’s annual Festival of Light parade in the Costa Rican capital. The parade features elaborate floats as well as costumed musicians and dancers.
Christmas in Miami includes the occasional Christmas Palm.