The Christian traditions may appear to be far more surprising than it may seem at the first sight. The world of Christians may appear to be as diverse as the whole world. And one of the most unusual discoveries may be the Christmas celebration traditions in Japan.
There are a few Christians in Japan, approximately 1 % of the population. The Japanese people are incredible tolerant to the followers of different religions and denominations. Christmas celebrations with decorated fur-trees, bright tinsels and sparkling garlands soon became popular in Japan. The celebrating traditions are liked by all the people but they still remain just a nominal and formal holiday. The laconism and moderation of Japanese art objects and interiors of the houses contrasts with the pompous luxury of Shinto temples. That’s why all the people in Japan like Christmas with its bright read and green decorations. By the way, red is considered to be the color of solemnity and prosperity in Eastern countries.
But the most interesting thing is that Christmas in Japan reminds St. Valentine’s celebration in Europe. The people may view the fireworks in their cities. Mass media does its best to turn this holiday into a romantic one. That’s why sweets, jewelery and flowers become the most popular presents during that celebration. The Japanese enjoy decorating their houses and flats and exchanging flowers.
Buying a Christmas cake became a tradition in Japan. It has to be bought on the 25th of December by the head of the family when he goes home from work. The bakeries and confectioner’s shops fulfill their monthly sales target during this evening. The next day the sales rate rapidly declines as everyone needs a cake in time. The Japanese explain their devotion to celebrating Christmas by the atmosphere of unity and rejoice which enter every house on the 25th of December each year.