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What Percentage of the World Celebrates Christmas?
What Percentage of the World Celebrates Christmas? Interesting question but very difficult to answer! Christmas is a Christian festival so logic tells us that if we identify the number of Christians in the world we will be able to come up with the answer. However this would be somewhat deflated because some non-Christians and atheists still join in the modern traditions associated with this festive time of the year.

What Percentage of the World Celebrates Christmas? Percent of Christians
Let's start of with what percentage of the population of the world adhere to the Christian religion. According to 20th century study of comparative religion 32% of the world are Christians and therefore by definition would celebrate Christmas. This world population figure equates to approximately 2050 million people.

What Percentage of the World Celebrates Christmas? Percent of Non-Christians
But what Percentage of the World Celebrates Christmas although they are not practising Christians? This figure needs to be added to get our final figure and percentage. According to a USA Today/Gallup poll dated December 24, 2008 indicated that although 80% of Americans identify with a Christian faith, 93% of those interviewed  indicated that they celebrate Christmas. So it looks like 13% non-practising Christians also celebrate Christmas.

What Percentage of the World Celebrates Christmas?
So if we take our first figure showing that 32% of the world are Christians (equivalent to 2050 million people) and add an additional 13% for non Christians who also celebrate (equivalent to 225 million people) we get to our final percentage which is 45% (equivalent to 2275 million people).

What Percentage of the World Celebrates Christmas?
What Percentage of the World Celebrates Christmas? Based on  these polls and statistics 45% is the answer we are looking for.

Stats regarding Non-Christian Religions
Just as a matter of interest the following stats reflect the percentage of the world population who adhere to Non-Christian religions:

ReligionPercentage of the World Population
Islam19%
Hinduism13%
Chinese Religions7%
Buddhism6%
Atheist2%
Sikhism> 1%
Judaism> 1%
All other religions> 1%

 

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