You might be tucking into a roast turkey today but what does a Christmas feast look like in Japan, Thailand and Jamaica?
While we crave goose fat roasties, honey-roasted parsnips and pigs in blankets, there are other countries around the globe with some very interesting Christmas Day food habits. From munching on a KFC bucket, to hitting the beach for an Aussie BBQ, the annual festive feast takes on some interesting and unusual forms around the globe!
Travelbag decided to explore some of the weird and wonderful global traditions for Christmas dinner. Would you swap your roast dinner for one of these?
An estimated 3.6 million Japanese people eat KFC on Christmas Day. They call it ‘Kurisumasu ni wa Kentakk ii’ or Kentucky for Christmas.
The Greek enjoy pork as the main event on Christmas Day. And as sides they serve up spinach and cheese pie and salad.
Christmas Day in the southern hemisphere is at the peak of summer so it’s hot! The Aussie’s love to throw a barbeque beach party. They enjoy salads and cold meats but a classic roast (done on the barbeque) is still the star of the show.
As a predominantly Buddhist nation, Thailand doesn’t have a traditional meal per se but there is still a possibility to get a classic British roast in some of the more popular and built up cities – but expect to pay over the odds.
The Christmas season in Mexico runs from the 12th December to 6th January. Christmas Eve is known as ‘Nochebuena’ or Family Day and is when locals have their main Christmas meal. They eat a traditional dish of dough steamed in a corn husk and drink a punch made of sugar cane, prunes, apples and fruits from the Hawthorn bush.
Christmas dinner in Jamaica is made up of a range of meats, including curried goat, stewed oxtail, turkey and rice and peas. Jamaicans also enjoy rum punch and fruitcake.
Dubaian’s loves to brunch and Christmas dinner is no different. Expect a banquet of delicious dishes served for hours.
8. South Aftica
South African’s chow down on turkey, duck or pig with rice and vegetables.
Another country which enjoys the hot weather in December, Argentinians prefer to eat cold salads and meats on Christmas Day. In fact, a main dish of veal in a tuna sauce is particularly savoured at this time of year.
Christmas kicks off in September in the Philippines as locals blast out Christmas tunes as early as this. On Christmas Eve they have a midnight feast and dinner is a huge spread of roast pig and ham, as well as a selection of fruits, salads and rice.
See the full list of countries on Travelbag’s website.