The word “Santa Claus” means completely different things to different cultures all around the world. Some, you may not even recognize because they’re just so bizarre. Try and see how many of these you can recognize!
Japan has a monk named ‘Hotei Osho’ who delivers presents to children. Rumours say he has eyes on the back of his head, watching if children are naught or nice. As a result, many children behave around him.
Santa to Brazil is ‘Papai Noel’. He lives in Greenland and is often seen wearing silk clothes due to the warm weather.
There are many different traditions and legends in the different states. However, commonly, he is known as ‘St Nicholas’ or ‘Santa Claus’. He is known for wearing a red suit, pipe, with his reindeer, and sleigh. He delivers presents to “nice” kids and leaves coal for naughty kids. He flies around the world on December 25th.
‘Babushka’ is the Santa Claus for Russia. Her name derives from “grandmother”. Babushka never went with wise men to see Jesus because of the cold weather. As a result, she felt bad and took up the role of delivering presents to good children.
On January 6th, an ugly but kind witch named ‘Befana’ arrives on a broomstick delivering gifts to good children, and coal to bad children. When Jesus was born, she way busy, and delayed visiting the baby. Since then, she leaves gifts at every house in case Jesus is there.
There is no specific Santa Claus figure, but the tradition of spreading love and cheer is still in the air. A few days before Christmas, the successful villagers return back and hear out the needs of the village. Often, the gifts are in the form of money. To them, it’s about helping out the community.
A group of 13 mischievous children named ‘Yule lads’ replace Santa Claus. They place small gifts in the shoes of well-behaved children in the 13 nights. As for the bad children, it’s said that the Yuletide Cat either eats them or gives them a potato.
What does your “Santa Claus” look like?
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