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Curious Christmas celebrations around the world

Celebrated as both a sacred religious holiday, as well as a commercial phenomenon, Christmas has been observed, denounced, and defended for two thousand years by people all around the world. The long history of battles fought in the war on Christmas, and the conflicts of early Christianity all the way up to the controversial coffee cups of today, illustrate the resilience of Christmas spirit.

To portray its significance and longevity, the map below shows a collection of the exciting, magical, and often strange celebrations that go on during the Christmas season around the globe. From the pooping caganer of Spain to KFC feasts of Japan, each tradition has its own unique history and cultural impact.

Featured image credit: Untitled by Markus Spiske. CC0 Public Domain via Pexels.com

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