New Zealand is on the southern hemisphere. Our winter season is their summer, so New Zealanders commemorate Christmas in the warm summertime sun. Numerous flowers and trees are in flower at this time of the year, for instance the pohutukawa. The pohutukawa tree grows on the North Island, mainly in seaside areas and has beautiful red blooms. For that reason New Zealanders call the pohutukawa their Christmas tree.
As it is typically rather warm on Christmas Day, New Zealanders can consume their Christmas dinner exterior. Lots of people have a picnic or a barbecue. And some people even have a standard Maori hangi: they dig a hole in the ground and heat it with hot stones. Then they put meat and vegetables into this hole, cover the hole and let the food cook inside. The hangi is served in the afternoon or night; after the scrumptious meal, people typically relax and sing Christmas carols.
Some New Zealanders can’t get enough of Christmas– they celebrate it two times each year: on 25 December and in July, which is mid-winter in New Zealand. So if you go to New Zealand in July, you may find hotels and restaurants totally embellished for Christmas.
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