The festive season is upon us and many people around the world are already eagerly anticipating their Christmas dinner.
Up to 10 million turkeys are sold in the UK during the Christmas period.It’s without a doubt the most traditional meal in the UK — a turkey feast served with pigs in blankets and covered in gravy (don´t forget the sprouts). Luckily for the turkeys, they’re not the main attraction in many other countries.
In this article, we’re going to tell you what people around the world have on their dining tables on the most magical day of the year and some of their traditions. Maybe, by the end of the article, your menu will have completely changed.
India, the home of the curry
Have you ever wondered what Christmas would be like in India?
India has one of the best and widest gastronomy of the planet, so at Christmas, they cook the best dishes from their menu.
The dinner will vary depending on the religion of the people. Christian communities will cook dinner based on meats like pork, and other communities will include dishes such as biryani and mutton curry on their dining tables. Their festive menu ends with a deliciously sweet plum cake and Gulab Jamuns, a kind of milky doughnut.
Japan, for takeaway lovers
Would you believe it if we tell you that fried chicken is the king of the festive menu in Japan?
If you’re a “finger-liking good” lover, Japan’s Christmas dinner will be your dream come true. Thanks to a really popular advertising campaign in 1974 from the international restaurant (KFC), fried chicken became a staple of Japanese menus on Christmas day.
The popular chain offers a different menu for the special occasion including champagne and cake. You can even pre-order it months in advance to avoid any waits on the day. To give you an idea of how important for the company this day is, we can tell you that a third of the annual company revenue is done on Christmas day.
Australia, a sunny Christmas dinner
You surely know that the Australians have a similar Christmas dinner to us in the UK.
The base of their dishes are the same. They serve the same type of meats such as turkey or pork. Although, as you can imagine with temperatures increasing there are certain things they do differently.
Barbecues are really popular to avoid the oven heat, and the seafood takes a generous place in the Australian’s dining rooms. In many cases, they also serve the meat cold, accompanied by a nice cranberry sauce and some salad.
As for dessert, they also love mince pies and a typical “chocolate bar” called “White Christmas”.
Poland, ready for many variations
Christmas day is a meat-free day for Polish people.
As it happens in many other countries, Christmas Eve is the big night. The day before Christmas is when families gather together and celebrate the season.
On Christmas Eve, Polish people do what is called Wigilia. They fast the whole day on the 24th, and then they serve a big meal on that night.
They cook about 12 different dishes for Christmas dinner (one for each Apostle). The carp fish is the star of the table. Other succulent dishes you will find on their tables are a type of beetroot soup, many roasted vegetables, and ginger cake for dessert.
The tradition is to leave an empty plate at the table for any unexpected guests.
Spain, the longest Christmas ever
If there is a place where Christmas lasts a few days extra, it’s Spain.
Spanish people celebrate around 4 meals during the festive season. They eat big dinners on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The festive season ends on the 5th of January with the arrival of the Three Kings.
The main Christmas dinner happens on the 24th and it’s called Nochebuena. The family get-together and the dishes are very different depending on the region. In some houses, you are going to find seafood dishes, in other regions a big lamb leg will be the main dish. Other regions have “tapas” mixing the best of each part of the country.
One of the most special traditions for Christmas is eating 12 grapes at 00:00 on New Year’s Day. Each grape represents a different month and is supposed to fill your year with the best luck.
We hope we’ve made you hungry. Would you change your roast and gravy for any of these succulent dishes? If so, we’d love to hear from you!