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Christmas Traditions in Israel
Christmas is celebrated all around the world. Each country has different customs and traditions. Learn about the Christmas traditions in Israel. Different countries celebrate in their own way including different dates, food, drinks which lead to a variety of diverse Christmas traditions around the World! This article features popular Israeli Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in Israel. We have even included some useful facts and information about the country, the flag and even the language!

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Christmas Traditions in Israel
A tradition is a specific practice of long standing in which unwritten customs and practices are passed from one generation to the next. Traditions and customs form part of a country's culture and heritage. The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about customs and Christmas traditions in Israel:

  • As Israel is a Jewish state the majority of people do not celebrate Christmas. The Jewish population celebrate Hanukkah instead

  • There are, however, some small Christian communities who celebrate Christmas especially in Bethlehem and Nazareth. Many people travel to Israel to celebrate this important event in the Christian religion. There are many shops which cater for tourists with Christmas gifts and decor

  • In Bethlehem, the birth place of the infant Jesus, there are special celebrations. The Church of the Nativity is decorated with flags and decorations every Christmas.

  • The Church of the Nativity is believed to be built on the site of the birth of Jesus. Steep stairs lead to a grotto where visitors find a silver star marking the site of the birth of Jesus

  • There is a huge procession and firework displays in Bethlehem at this special time

  • Israeli Christmas traditions and customs

Christmas Traditions in Israel - The Food!
What do people eat in other countries at this special time of the year? Festive feasts and recipes are traditional for special occasions including family dinners and meals. Interesting facts about the special food eaten as part of the customs and Christmas traditions in Israel:

  • A typical Christmas dinner in Israel would be consist of eat turkey, spiced with pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg and stuffed with rice and almonds

Israeli Christmas Vocabulary
How do you say Merry Christmas in Israel? If you have friends or family who live, or have ties with, a different country it is a nice gesture to add a seasons greetings in the language of the country. A practical addition to learning about Christmas traditions in Israel:

  • How do you say Merry Christmas in Israeli? "Mo'adim Lesimkha!"
  • What is the name for Santa Claus? Most of the population is Jewish and there is no Santa Claus related to Jewish tradition however Christians resident in Israel use the universal 'Santa Claus'

Facts and Information about Israel
Learn a little about the country of Israel, as well as its Christmas traditions! The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about Israel:

  • Location: Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Lebanon

  • Land Size of Israel : 20,330 sq km

  • Climate / Weather of Israel : temperate; hot and dry in southern and eastern desert areas

  • Israeli Capital City: Jerusalem; note - Israel proclaimed Jerusalem as its capital in 1950 nearly all countries maintain Embassies in Tel Aviv

  • Israeli Currency : new Israeli shekel (ILS); note - NIS is the currency abbreviation; ILS is the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) code for the NIS

Facts and Information about the Israeli Flag
Facts and info about the flag of Israel:

  • The flag of Israel is described as: White Background with a Blue hexagram (six-pointed linear star) known as the Magen David (Star of David) centered between two equal horizontal blue bands near the top and bottom edges of the flag

  • The history of the Israeli flag: The flag of Israel was adopted on October 28, 1948

Christmas Traditions in Israel
This article provides an overview of the country and the different Christmas traditions in Israel. Lots of free, facts and information for kids, children and teachers! Popular Israeli Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in Israel.


 

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