Christmas Traditions Asia
The Christmas traditions of Asia are a collection of religious practices by different religions occurring during the holiday period. Only a small fragment of the population of most countries in Asia are Christians, and their Xmas celebrations only take the form of church services and are sometimes overrun by secular New Year celebrations. It is only in schools run by Christian missionaries, except in Christian Asian countries, that children and their parents actively participate in Xmas celebrations. Because Western secular Holiday celebrations come from a cold place, the Asians have difficulties adopting these practices in tropical climate.
In Muslim countries, no Christmas traditions of Asia are celebrated except in some countries who allow Christians to celebrate and even recognize Xmas as a public holiday, such as in Jordan. In Malaysia, although Christmas is a public holiday, there is an unofficial ban on Christian religious motif, so the celebration is purely secular.
In China and Taiwan, meanwhile, Christmas is a private celebration. But in Hong Kong and Macao, December 25 is a public holiday by western influence expanded lately by commercial inroads into the culture. December 25 is an official holiday as the Constitution Day.
The Philippines, however, celebrate the longest Christmas traditions of Asia due to its Spanish influence. The advent of Christmas in this country is ushered by dawn masses. The Christmas feast is celebrated after the midnight mass on Xmas eve. Other winter holidays are also followed like Innocent’s day and Epiphany.