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Holidays Around the World Quiz

Test your winter holiday trivia with this quiz!

By Ratha M.

Feliz Navidad! Happy Hanukkah! Celebrate Kwanzaa! Kids everywhere are celebrating winter holidays. Test your winter holiday trivia knowledge in our Holiday Traditions Quiz. We'll list the holiday tradition, and you guess the country it comes from. Some questions have more than 1 correct answer because they are celebrated in lots of countries.

  1. In this country, kids put wooden shoes outside their doors on December 6th, and find little gifts in them when they wake up in the morning. (More than 1 answer is correct!)
  2. In which country is Santa Claus called "Dun Che Lao Ren?"
  3. In which country did Hanukkah (also known as the Festival of Lights) originate?
  4. Kwanzaa celebrates the first harvests on which continent?
  5. In this Asian country, New Year's Eve is called Omisoka. It is the second most important holiday of the year after New Year's Day.
  6. In this country, Boxing Day marks the custom of giving Christmas boxes containing food or money to family servants or workers. (More than 1 answer)
  7. On the fifth day of Diwali (also  also known as the Festival of Lights), brothers give gifts to their sisters. In what country did Diwali originate?
  8. On December 13 in this country, girls dress up as St. Lucia and wear a crown of candles on their heads. (More than 1 answer)
  9. Las Posadas, a reenactment of Mary and Joseph's search for lodging before the baby Jesus was born, is celebrated in which country? (More than 1 answer)

Ho-ho-hope you have luck with the Trivia Quiz! Check your answers.

  1. ANSWER: Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, and other countries in Northern Europe.
  2. ANSWER: China. It translates to "Christmas Old Man." Chinese children also decorate their trees with paper ornaments shaped like flowers, chains, and lanterns.
  3. ANSWER: Judea which is now known as Israel. During Hanukkah there are 8 days, and each night, one light on a menorah is lit and a prayer is said.
  4. ANSWER: Africa. Kwanzaa traditionally begins December 26th. Families exchange gifts and have African feasts and festivities.
  5. ANSWER: Japan. Omisoka symbolizes a new beginning. Japanese families gather for a late dinner around 11pm, and at midnight many visit a shrine or temple.
  6. ANSWER: England and Canada. (Nope – it's not celebrating a boxing match like I used to think!)
  7. ANSWER: India.
  8. ANSWER: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and other Baltic countries.
  9. ANSWER: Mexico, Guatemala, and other Latin American countries.

What do you guys celebrate? Do you have any cool traditions? Drop a line in the Comments below!

— Ratha

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