Christmas celebrations pre-2020
Amidst living under a new normal, it has not dampened the spirit of Christmas for many people globally. Albeit 2020 has been the ‘worse’ year ever for many, yet as people are preparing to celebrate Christmas and welcoming the new year, people carry hopes 2021 will bring new beginnings and it will be something worth being merry about. Here IKON takes a look at how some countries across the world celebrated Christmas prior to the outbreak of Covid-19 (in pictures).
United States America
Before America gets turned on turkey and settles in to watch some football, all eyes turn to Manhattan during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020. The annual pageant of giant balloons, floats, cheerleaders, clowns, marching bands, theater, and Broadway in New York performances and celebs is one of the best NYC events in November. This year, the parade will happen without the throngs of crowds, so you can tune in to the “reimagined” rendition of the annual event in your PJs to keep the spirit alive.
Christmas Lights in London, Ontario, are among some of the best in the province. Victoria Park Christmas Lights has probably the most significant displays, which is switched on during a solemn ceremony featuring live music and entertainment. Some residential neighborhoods can be rivals to the city park.
Christmas is not an official holiday in China, so most offices, schools, and shops remain open. Nonetheless, many people still get in the holiday spirit during Christmastime in China, and all the trappings of a Western Christmas can be found in China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
Christmas vacations have become a trend now. And there are many destinations around the world that celebrate this festival with all glitz-and-glam. If you are planning to visit Singapore during the Christmas holidays, you will be glad to know that this country has some wonderful celebrations hosted at various venues. Check out some of the stunning places to visit where you can witness celebrations of Christmas in Singapore, at its best. There are plenty of experiences one can have in Singapore on their vacation.
HARLEY Davidson bikers dressed in Santa Claus costumes rode through the streets of central Tokyo on Dec 20 for their annual parade against child abuse, saying more children were vulnerable in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
South Korea has a large Christian population and therefore Christmas Day is a public holiday. That’s not to say that it’s celebrated in the same way as it is in the West, but it’s still a day to spend time with family and loved ones.
Once the St Martins parade has made its way through the streets of Düsseldorf in mid-November, the city gears up for Christmas. The traditional Christmas market of Düsseldorf is staged individually at various locations throughout the bustling city center. Around the Königsallee elaborately designed theme worlds are set to lead visitors on a real discovery tour.
The National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant has announced a float design and building initiative with the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival for the 2021 event.