DFS FEATURES: HOLIDAY TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD New York City

DFS FEATURES: HOLIDAY TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Discover how the holidays are celebrated around the world.

Our employees are here to share with you the traditions of their hometown.

 

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HONG KONG

The iconic Victoria Harbour skyline is filled with holiday scenes on skyscrapers and light shows that ring in the season. Christmas trees are seen all around town - some of which are a few stories tall. Malls and shopping centers are decorated with elaborate ornaments with Christmas carolers singing in the background, spreading holiday cheer. 

 

Kitty Chok 

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MACAU

Our holidays feel very much like the streets of Europe during the festive season, filled with glimmering lights, Christmas trees and Nativity scenes. Cake shops offer traditional Portuguese Christmas cakes, while family and friends come together to celebrate the holidays with parties and gift exchanges.

 

Noemia Mak

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SINGAPORE

The holidays in Singapore is filled with festive feasting and gift giving. The lights on our bustling shopping boulevard, Orchard Road, marks the beginning of the season. Known to be a foodie's paradise, don't miss out on Christmas and Yuletide menus that pop up in a number of restaurants around town.

 

Dorothy Hong

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OKINAWA

In Japan, enjoying a bucket of fried chicken with your friends and family is synonymous to celebrating the holidays. It's a joyous occasion for both children and adults, where we come together for parties and gift exchanges. Meanwhile, we’ll begin preparing for Oshogatsu, our Japanese New Year, whose celebrations  take place shortly after. 

 

Eriko Nagano

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Sydney

Instead of seeing Santa Claus in a bright red velvet suit, in Australia, you'll find Santa in boardshorts with a surfboard tucked under his arm. A typical Aussie holiday includes heading to the beach, catching the waves, and meeting up with friends and family, along with barbeques and ice-cold drinks.

 

Sophie Zhu

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AUCKLAND

In New Zealand, our British and North American influences come together with the touch of summer from the Southern hemisphere. Our holiday dishes feature summer fruits and vegetables and the pavlova - a meringue-based dessert that's popular in Australasia. We also have our very own Christmas tree, the pōhutukawa, which is often displayed alongside traditional pine trees.

 

Jason Lu

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GUAM

Our tropical holiday traditions range from Santa in swim shorts, carabao carts instead of reindeer sleighs, to delectable local treats such as the Buñelos Dågu, Chamorro yam donuts, and Guyuria coconut cookies. Discover a holiday in paradise by kicking back at one of our beaches, enjoying barbeques and taking a splash in our crystal clear waters.

 

Keiko Nakayama