If you’re thinking of traveling to Southeast Asia for the holidays, pack your bags now and book a trip! It might just be the perfect adventure for you and your loved ones. Christmas in Southeast Asia is more than just about gift-giving, Santa Claus, and Christmas trees. These Southeast Asian countries continue to light up the streets with their festive decorations. Check out these Southeast Asian countries and their Christmas traditions.
Indonesian Christians, which take up 10% of the Indonesian population, celebrate the Christmas holidays by playing musical instruments and dancing. Besides attending mass, they also prepare delicious sweets, such as nastar, butter cookies with a pineapple jam filling; kastengel, cheese cookies; and Putri Salju, a butter cookie sprinkled with powdered sugar and cheese. They enjoy Christmas shopping and other usual activities during the holidays.
Merry Christmas in Indonesia: “Selamat Natal”
Christmas celebrations in Malaysia are more modern and commercial in nature. Christmas lights can be seen in buildings and structures. Malaysians would flock to shopping malls for year end sales while enjoying the festive theme all around the streets. Once the clock strikes twelve, firework displays can be seen all over, welcoming the Christmas day with a bang.
Merry Christmas in Malaysia: “Selamat Hari Natal”
In the Philippines, Christmas embodies a religious significance in people’s lives. They partake in a night mass known as “Simbang Gabi”, which lasts for nine days until the eve of Christmas, where a special mass called “Misa de Gallo” is held and a feast, called “Noche Buena” is enjoyed by family and friends. Besides the usual caroling, Filipinos like to decorate their homes with Christmas lights and star-shaped lanterns called “parol”.
Merry Christmas in the Philippines: “Maligayang Pasko”
In Singapore, people usually spend Christmas feasting on food and visiting shopping malls. Orchard Road is Singapore’s biggest shopping district, where lines of shopping malls are put up on both sides to attract customers from all over the world. During Christmas, this famous street is adorned with lights and decorations, offering Christmas specials and menus to celebrate the festivities.
Merry Christmas in Singapore: “Sheng Tan Kuai Loh!”
In Thailand, Christmas is usually celebrated by tourists since it isn’t typically part of their tradition. All offices, colleges and universities continue to function normally on this day. Some civilians would wear vibrant clothes to celebrate the holidays, and performances would take place for all the children to see. Bangkok Christmas in the most festive in Thailand. The Paragon Mall and MBK Mall love to put up lights, decorations, and huge Christmas Trees.
Merry Christmas in Thailand: “Sukhsant wan khristmas”
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