Read about Christmas and its traditions in New Zealand and Christmas customs from New Zealand.
Christmas in New Zealand is a sunny, fun filled experience that is unlikely to be seen in many parts of the globe. The landscape is bright and colorful, overflowing with fragrant blooms combined with happy Christmas cheers. Since Christmas in New Zealand falls in the midst of summer, it is a perfect time to venture out and enjoy some outdoor activities such as snorkeling, diving, paragliding, sunbathing, volleyball, hot air balloon rides etc. Obviously, Christmas is a great way for the New Zealanders to make up for all the sports that they out each year. When you are bored of the usual snowball fights and sleigh rides, you know it’s time to take a trip to the other end of the globe and experience a unique Christmas vacation. However, Christmas in New Zealand is not all about sandy beaches and barbecues; it is also a rich cultural experience. Read the article below to know more about Christmas in New Zealand.
Christmas Customs From New Zealand
- Christmas Day and Boxing Day are both declared as public holidays all over New Zealand and most New Zealanders are seen camping, at the beaches, with friends and families.
- On this day, traditional meals are prepared for the feast; some of the popular ones include “Hangi”, which is a dinner cooked under the ground according to the native Maori style. Kiwi barbecuing is yet again a popular option as its summer time and most people prefer spending time outdoors.
- Many households in New Zealand continue to make the classic “Pavlova” which is a plum pudding covered in seasonal fruits. Mince pies are also traditional recipes made on this day.
- There are competitions held for the best decorated house in almost all localities. A number of themed parades are also seen on Queen Street as a part of the festivities. The parades commence late in November for the benefit of tourists.
- The traditional Christmas tree of holly and ivy is replaced by the “Pōhutukawa” tree which usually blossoms around late December.
- Due to the sunny weather, Santa Claus, wearing swimming briefs and sunglasses, is normally spotted surfing, jet skiing, paragliding and sailing. It is believed that he delivers his gifts using an old fashioned Maori canoe.
- Like its neighboring country Australia, New Zealand also has a tradition of carol singing known as “Christmas in the park”. A large group of carolers gather to give a musical gig to the local people. Carol singing is very popular in Auckland and Christchurch.
- Although watching televisions is not a popular choice of entertainment in the country, television or radio broadcasters are not allowed to air any advertisements on Christmas as the Queen’s Christmas message is televised in the evening.
- Santa Clause in New Zealand is referred as Father Christmas who leaves gifts for children.
- Many New Zealanders are seen celebrating Christmas in the month of July when it’s mid winter in the region.
If you think Christmas means snow and sleigh then maybe you haven’t heard of Christmas in New Zealand. Celebrated in the peak of summers, Christmas traditions of New Zealand are the variety that you were looking for. Far away from snow, these celebrations occur on beaches on hot sandy afternoons. Another interesting Christmas detail, right?