|Happy Holidays from Hong Kong|
Photo Credit: Richard Cheung
|Wooden hearts with written wishes are hanging from a downtown Christmas tree in Fuzhou city.|
Photo Credit: Caro Spark
|Christmas tree in Beijing|
Photo Credit: Shi Zhao
|Santas lined up as part of a display in Shanghai|
Photo Credit: Dan Zelazo
Giving colorfully wrapped apples is a (new) tradition in China for Christmas. The word "apple" in Mandarin sounds like the words for Christmas Eve:Ping An Ye which means "quiet night". I don't think the girls will be surprised to find a cellophane wrapped apple in each of their stockings :)
|These girls are selling Christmas apples|
Photo Credit: Ming Xia
Christmas day is celebrated by going out with friends and family as a lighthearted day. Going to a movie, shopping and ice skating are popular activities.
|This photograph of a Santa Claus kite was taken on Christmas day (2008) |
Will you be flying your kite this Christmas?
Photo Credit: Lianqing Li
Although Christmas is a fairly commercial celebration in China, almost five percent of Chinese are Christian, and attending Christmas eve mass has become more popular and less restricted over recent years.
Varya at Creative World of Varya explores the Christmas spirit where she lives in Guangdong, China as part of a great series exploring how Christmas is celebrated in various countries and cultures around the world: Christmas in Different Lands.
Merry Christmas everyone! Shengdan jie kuaile!