Uploaded on Aug 16, 2008
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People around Asia, particularly countries that have adopted Western cultures, also celebrate Christmas and the gift-giver traditions passed down to them from the West. Some countries that observe and celebrate Christmas (especially as a public holiday) include Hong Kong, Philippines, East Timor, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, India, and the Christian communities within Central Asia and the Middle East.
Asia: Santa Claus
China: 聖誕老人 (pinyin: shèngdànlǎorén lit. Christmas old man)
Hong Kong: 聖誕老人 (jyutping: sing3 daan3 lou5 jan4 lit. Christmas old man) Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas
India Dada ("Christmas old man"), Thatha("Christmas old man" in telugu)
Japan: サンタさん、サンタクロース (romaji: santa-san (lit. Mr. Santa) santa kurōsu)
Korea: 산타 클로스 ("santa kullosu")
Vietnam: Ông già Noel ("The Christmas old man")
Africa and the Middle East
Christians in Africa and Middle East who celebrate Christmas generally ascribe to the gift-giver traditions passed down to them by Europeans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Descendants of colonizers still residing in these regions likewise continue the practices of their ancestors.
South Africa: Sinterklaas; Father Christmas; Santa Claus; Vader Kersfees
Lebanon: Papa Noel (Arabic: بابا نويل baba noel)
Egypt: Papa Noel (Arabic: بابا نويل baba noel)
Australia Father Christmas, Santa Claus
New Zealand Father Christmas, Latin America
Santa Claus in Latin America is generally referred to as Papá Noel, but there are variations from country to country.
Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay and Venezuela: Papá Noel ("Father Christmas"), Niño Jesús (Baby Jesus)
Brazil: Papai Noel (Father Christmas); Os Três Reis Magos ("The Three Mage Kings")
Chile: Viejito Pascuero (Christmas old man)
Mexico: Santo Clós (Santa Claus); Niño Dios (lit. "child God" i.e. child Jesus); Los Reyes Magos ("The Wise Men")
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