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Sunday 01 December 2019 01 December 2019

Christmas for Aussies

Christmas for Aussies

Would you like to celebrate Christmas in a swimsuit with your feet in the water? In Australia, summer begins in December and during the Christmas festivities the temperatures oscillate between 20 and 30 °c °c! Christmas festivities remain a very popular tradition among our "aussie" friends, they are very similar to ours with some specificities..

« Carols by candlelight »

If there is a typical Australian Christmas tradition, it is the "Carols by candlelight". This expression can be translated as Candlelight Songs. At the end of the 19th century, in South Australia, miners reportedly sang Christmas carols by candlelight on their helmets. This idea, popularized in the 1930s, was very successful. From now on, December 24th is the evening of Christmas concerts all over Australia. People gather in the parks, light candles and sing Christmas songs. In Melbourne, a concert is held each year at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Thousands of spectators sit on a giant lawn with their picnics to watch Christmas carols performed by Australian artists and choirs. The show is magical: thousands of lanterns illuminating the starry sky!

Sport Event

In Australia, sport is a religion. Even on Christmas holidays, it is part of the festivities. December 26th, known as boxing day, is a public holiday. It is on this day that one of the most popular sports competitions of the year takes place: the Boxing day test match. This is a friendly game in which the Australian cricket team faces another national team. This event, which brings together more than 80,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket ground, marks the beginning of the sporting season.

Water racing: Rolex Sydney Hobart is the other major sporting event on December 26. It is a sailing race (one of the most difficult regattas in the world), which, as its name suggests, starts in Sydney and ends in Hobart (Tasmania). It has been organised since 1945 and is increasingly successful. Thousands of people join Port Jackson to watch the boats leave.

Christmas dinner

The Christmas dinner takes place on December 25 and is called "dinner" although it takes place during lunch. Traditionally, seafood platters are served as a starter and as a main course, you can enjoy marinated lamb, ham on the bone cooked with honey and pricked with cloves or the famous roasted turkey with cranberry sauce. And to finish the meal: the famous "christmas pudding" and "fruit thin pies" (English specialities with dried fruit) or pavlova, the typical Australian dessert. We also share gingerbread men (gingerbread men) and crackers. They are like large cardboard papillotes that are cracked by pulling on the ends, letting small gifts, jokes and paper crowns escape.

Many families adapt the Christmas meal to the country's climate, to the program: cold meals, picnics or barbecues on the beach, in the gardens or parks. Instead, steaks, turkey or grilled fish such as barramundi (a typical Australian fish) are used. And to quench your thirst, nothing like a good Australian white wine or a cold beer! 

Yulefest

Australia is surely one of the only countries in the world where it is possible to celebrate Christmas twice a year! About 30 years ago, in the Blue Mountains region, a group of Europeans nostalgic for Christmas in the snow organized a traditional Christmas dinner in the middle of July (winter period in Australia). Since then, this event called Yulefest has become a real tradition. It is now organized each year by restaurants, hotels and guest houses in the region. In July, thousands of people travel to the Blue Mountains to participate in off-season Christmas celebrations; enjoy a traditional holiday meal; share Christmas carols and attend concerts and shows. 

 

 

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