Christmas is a Christian holiday and many people consider that because of this you can’t enjoy it in Asia. This could not be more wrong because all the Asian countries embrace the Christmas spirit and the beauty of the holiday can be enjoyed here like anywhere else in the world.
This is the winter wonderland filled with amazing Christmas lights. Spectacular light decorations fill the streets and The Orchard Road competes with the busy Christmas shopping promenades from US and Europe cities. A huge Christmas tree is lit during a ceremony to open festivities and specific Christmas parades take place starting from the middle of November all through January.
Christmas time is a very big deal in this country where the majority population is Roman –Catholic. Here the festivities start in September with celebration after celebration, myriads of “parol” lights spread everywhere and carolers going door to door. From September to January amazing decorations make the streets, the shops and markets but also the churches, shine with the holiday spirit. You can visit the beaches, see whale sharks, enjoy some amazing diving spots and visit museums.
With strong Portuguese catholic roots, Goa is the destination to enjoy Christmas in India. Here the churches carry the Portuguese heritage and the celebrations are filled with traditional prayers and carols. The shops, churches and homes are beautifully decorated.
In case you are not the church going type, you can always take to the beach, enjoy the local cuisine and make the most of the best season for nightclubbing parties.
Thailand is a known Buddhist destination, but Bangkok attracts more and more tourists every year because of festive Christmas shopping. This is the place to spend you cash prowling the malls and enjoying the rich nightlife filled with amazing parties which make this city the ideal Christmas getaway for young people.
South Korea is one of the Asian destinations where Christmas is celebrated in all its splendor even if only 33% of the population are Christians. Being a public holiday, Christmas comes with gifts and cards, singing and Christmas trees but also amazing cakes which are a big deal during Christmas in Seoul. You can do some window shopping but you can also place your order to enjoy these lovely delights.
The temperature reaches the freezing point here and this tempts you even more to have glorious spa experiences. Some Seoul spas are open for 24h so the pampering options are virtually unlimited. You can also enjoy amazing food and a splendid skating rink.
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