Canadian Christmas Celebrations To Practice While Studying In Canada
Canada is a big country with a variety of traditions and celebrations that influence the country’s culture. If there is one holiday that Canadians love, it is Christmas. If you are a student living in apartments near York University and are looking for fun ways to spend your Christmas, here are some Canadian traditions and celebrations you must try.
Mummering is a funny Canadian tradition that happens on the 12 days of Christmas (Between December 26 and January 6). During mummering, you wear costumes, knock on people’s doors and ask if mummers are allowed. The host has to guess who the mummers are and allow them in for cake, in case the host fails in guessing who the mummers are they will have to join them in their merry making. Mummering is a tradition that mainly takes place in smaller towns and villages in Newfoundland. However, you can have a lot of fun with your fellow students and neighbors in York University housing.
A taffy pull is a fun activity held in honor of St. Catherine, the patron saint of single women. You can have a taffy pull themed party where single women can meet eligible single men.
The Santa Claus Parade
If have the chance to go to Toronto, you can head out to the Santa Claus Parade, one of the oldest and biggest Santa parades to take place in the world to date. The Santa Clause Parade in Toronto is a tradition that has been ongoing for almost 100 years. Today, it features over 2000 people taking parts with plenty of animated floats, costumes and fun activities that is broadcast on TV.
Cookie Baking Parties
Cooking backing parties are a huge part of Canadian Christmases. Most York university residence apartments are furnished with amenities such as cookers and ovens and you can have your cookie baking party right in your apartment. You can bring your own recipe and ask your friends to bring theirs too. At the end of the party, everybody gets to taste a cookie made from a new recipe. You will have enough cookies left over for the entire Christmas season.
Réveillon is one of the biggest Christmas Eve festivities held in Canada mostly by families of French decent. This party is so huge that is lasts well into the hours of Christmas morning. The party includes taking part in Christmas eve mass at midnight where the people hope that Santa will visit their homes leaving gifts for the children. The main meal for Réveillon festivities is ‘ragoût aux pattes de cochons’, a stew made of pigs feet. Although this was the traditional meal for Réveillon, today, you can have ‘Tortière’ or meat pie made of Venison. You can invite a couple of friends from York University residence for a Réveillon feast featuring famous traditional Christmas meals and usher in Christmas together while enjoying each other’s company.