If you’re planning a trip to Australia for Christmas, you may want to learn about their Christmas traditions beforehand. You already know it’s hot in December, but what else is different from a typical western Christmas? Here are a few interesting traditions.
Boxing Day Barbeque
In Australia, Boxing Day is a national holiday. Like other countries, this day gives people a chance to relax a bit longer. It falls on the second day of Christmas (Dec 26th) and most people head outside for some barbeque as they watch the Boxing Day Test Match. This is also the date when the Christmas sales start, so many head to shopping malls instead.
Carols By Candlelight
Don’t be surprised if you see hundreds of people in parks singing carols by candlelight. They are often joined by local celebrities and an orchestra. The viewers donate money which then goes to charity. The tradition started in the 19th century and it’s popular all around the country.
Day On The Beach
What do you do on a hot day when you don’t have to go to work? Head to the beach! Australian beaches are packed with families having fun on Christmas Day. This is a favorite activity for tourists who live on the northern hemisphere, too.