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The Virgin and Child are Chinese

Updated on September 10, 2008

How Chinese celebrate Christmas

We Chinese celebrate Christmas, but most do not celebrate it for the same reasons that Christians do. Because only a small portion of the Chinese population is Christian, as Christianity is not an officially sanctioned religion in China, and Christmas is not a national holiday.

When I was a college student in Shanghai, I would shout "Sheng dan kuai le! (Merry Christmas)" to anyone I met on the road, and I would attend a dancing party in sport and gym centre, some would go to church to watch Christian celebrating their holiday. I have never posted Christmas cards to friends or relatives.

You may see Santa Clause and Christmas trees on a shopping center or somewhere or even in front of a Confucius Temple, but I have never heard of Chinese cooking turkey or Brussels sprouts or eating pudding on Christmas dinner. The reason, I think, maybe that Chinese haven't got an oven in our kitchen!

And Chinese think the Virgin Marry and Jesus will put on Chinese costumes on that day. Below is a picture from a Chinese Catholic website. Looks very elegant and lovely.

The Virgin and the Child with Chinese Costumes
The Virgin and the Child with Chinese Costumes


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      thor6 8 years ago from

      I never knew that the Chinese celibrated Christmas untill i started listning to China radio international.

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      Alex J. Montes 8 years ago

      Mother Mary is the mother of all cultures. This picture indicates her love for all.

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      Dalriada Books Ltd 9 years ago from UK

      What do these numbers mean?

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      MrMarmalade 10 years ago from Sydney

      Brussels spouts.

      How dare you say you would never cook Brussels sprouts. I hate them and if you don't eat your share, that means I have to eat more

      Please change your concept of Brussels sprouts.

      Thank you