Infographic: World's different faces of Christmas celebration

Christmas is ubiquitous but the way people go about celebrating it differs from one country or tradition to another.

In the Western world, the idea of Santa Claus draws its origins from the life story of Saint Nicholas who, born in 270 A.D. in Turkey, earned a reputation for being a generous gift-giver as a bishop.

In Finland, Christmas is a time to remember the dead. Finnish people visit the graves of their ancestors on Christmas eve and light them up.

In Slovakia and the Czech Republic, a shoe is thrown above one's shoulder, and if it lands with the toe pointing to the door, it means the person will be married soon.

Learn more about other countries' Christmas traditions, food and words across the globe in the infographic below.

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