Exploring Unique Holiday Traditions Around the World

Holidays are a time for joy, celebration, and the preservation of cherished traditions. While some holiday customs are shared across borders, others are unique to specific cultures and regions. You know we’re partial to Christmas, but today we'll embark on a fascinating journey around the world to discover some of the most captivating and distinct holiday traditions that make these celebrations truly special.

1. La Tomatina, Spain

Imagine a town transformed into a chaotic, tomato-filled battleground. La Tomatina, held annually in the town of Buñol, Spain, is the world's largest food fight. On the last Wednesday of August, locals and visitors gather to pelt each other with overripe tomatoes. This vibrant festival encourages participants to let go of inhibitions, embrace the messy fun, and create unforgettable memories. We think the tomatoes on the vine ornament would be the best ornament to remember La Tomatina by. 

2. Diwali, India

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of India's most significant holidays. Lasting for five days, it symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Homes are adorned with earthen lamps (diyas), colorful rangoli designs are created, and fireworks illuminate the night sky. Families exchange gifts, visit temples, and indulge in delectable sweets, making Diwali a grand celebration of joy and new beginnings. Our line of vintage reflectors combine the color and light of Diwali into beautiful ornaments. 

3. Hanami, Japan

In Japan, the arrival of spring is marked by the breathtaking tradition of Hanami, which translates to "flower viewing." During this time, friends, families, and colleagues gather beneath blooming cherry blossom trees (sakura) to appreciate their beauty. They enjoy picnics, savor traditional bento boxes, and sip sake while marveling at the delicate petals. Hanami is a contemplative celebration of nature's transient beauty and serves as a reminder of life's fleeting moments. Any of our beautiful garden ornaments embrace the spirit of Hanami. 


4. La Befana, Italy

La Befana, celebrated on the night of January 5th, is an Italian holiday steeped in folklore. According to legend, an old woman called La Befana visits children's homes, filling stockings with candies and small gifts. This tradition is believed to be rooted in the story of the Three Wise Men on their journey to visit Baby Jesus. To this day, children hang stockings by the fireplace, hoping to receive treats from La Befana, the kind-hearted witch who continues her annual nocturnal visits. The Holiday Hearth ornament captures the essence of La Befana as well as a cherished Christmas tradition.

Around the world, holiday traditions provide a glimpse into the cultural richness and diversity that exist globally. From the tomato-filled streets of Spain to the serene cherry blossom gatherings in Japan, these unique customs exemplify the spirit of celebration, unity, and the preservation of heritage. Embracing and understanding these distinct traditions only adds to the beauty and wonder of our shared humanity.

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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