Monday, December 20, 2010

National xmas trees around the world

New York City prides itself on its luminous Christmas trees. But these spruces from around the world gives the NYC dazzle a little holiday spirited competition.

Christmas Day is famous as a major festival and public holiday in countries around the world, including many whose populations are mostly non-Christian. In some non-Christian countries, periods of former colonial rule introduced the celebration (e.g. Hong Kong); in others, Christian minorities or foreign cultural influences have led populations to watch the holiday. Countries such as Japan and Korea, where Christmas is admired despite there being only a small number of Christians, have adopted many of the secular aspects of Christmas, such as gift-giving, decorations and xmas trees. Notable countries in which Christmas is not a official public holiday include People's Republic of China, (excepting Hong Kong and Macao), Japan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Thailand, Nepal, Iran, Turkey and North Korea. Christmas celebrations around the world can vary clearly in form, reflecting differing cultural and national traditions.

The National sparkling Christmas tree is lights up in front of the Obama's eyes near the White House in Washington, DC.


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