It's the most wonderful time of the year. For a couple of weeks every year the world takes on a magic glow, people seem merrier and even winter somehow feels cosy. Whether you're celebrating a traditional Christmas, or a more worldly occasion, you're sure to have your own selection of rituals or customs that make the holiday season so special. Read on to learn more about how the holidays are celebrated around the world...
Ephiphany, the Feast of The Three Kings
Ephiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas and is the time when Christians remember the Wise Men (Three Kings). It is celebrated all over the world, and is a time of revelation and worship. Children write letters to the kings, to tell them how well they behaved during the year and ask for the gifts they would like to receive.
Saint Nikolaus' Day, Germany
Nikolaus travels by donkey in the middle of the night on December 6th, and leaves little treats like coins, chocolate, oranges and toys in the shoes of good children all over Germany. In exchange for sweets or a small present, each child must recite a poem, sing a song or draw a picture.
Day of the Little Candles
Día de las Velitas marks the start of the Christmas season across Colombia. In honour of the Virgin Mary, people place candles and paper lanterns in their windows and balconies. The tradition of candles has grown, and now entire towns and cities across the country are lit up with elaborate displays.