Christmas in Japan and Russia

Comparing Japan And Russia

The Day of Chistmas

Christmas is on December 25th. Parties are often held for children, the play games, dance, and eat Christmas cake.

Christmas is on the 7th of January (only Catholics celebrate on the 25th of December). A Christmas ceremony of great significance here is the blessing of individual homes. During Christmastime, a priest visits every home accompanied by boys carrying vessels of holy water. A little water is sprinkled in each room, which is believed to usher in happiness and fortune to them. Another popular custom here is that of young children going from house to house on the first day of Christmas carrying a star and singing carols and getting sweets from adults.

Christmas Foods

Japanese eat fried chicken from KFC and christmas cake. Christmas cake is usually made of sponge cake with whipped cream and strawberries. Why KFC? I suspect most people confuse Colonel Sanders with Santa Claus.

Russians eat 'sochivo' or 'kutia' a porridge made of wheat or rice, served with honey, poppy seeds, fruit ( especially berries and dried fruits like raisins), chopped walnuts or sometimes even fruit jellies.

The Gift Bearers

Other Traditions/Important Dates

Christmas eve is a romantic day more than a day of being with family and friends in Japan. Couples will go on dates, view the lights and trees in the cities, eat together at family restaurants.


The Orthodox church in Russia have a fixed date starting on the 28th of november to the 6th of january making Christmas 40 days long.