Last Monday, the EOTO Christmas Party was celebrated in TAMK, so we decided to buy some food and beberages and go to celebrate it. There were people from many different groups and countries. There was a typical Finnish mulled wine with spices called “glögi” and cider to drink, and cookies and chips to eat.
While we were eating, we talked about the different Christmas traditions of each country, as well as the typical Christmas dinner menus. I told them that in Spain lamb is one of the typical meals that we eat at Christmas, something that is also done in Germany, but not in Malaysia. Loy explained us that in Malaysia there isn’t a Christmas tradition as we know it in Europe; there are no gifts or dinner with the family, but people gather with their friends and go to do some activities together, usually a barbecue.
In addition to that, I explained them that although in Spain we also celebrate Christmas and have dinner together with our families, we also celebrate another party on January 6th, called “Reyes Magos”, and then is when we give all the presents to each other. The celebrations officially begin the evening before the Epiphany, on the night of the 5th of January, when the “Reyes Magos ride” (Cabalgata de los reyes magos, in Spanish) is celebrated in each city and town, and hundreds of people go out to the main streets of the urban centers to contemplate the recreation of the arrival of the wise men in the city.
After eating, we all played together with people from another groups to a card game called “Cards against humanity”. It was a very funny evening. Here are some of the words we learned during the afternoon:
ENGLISH- GERMAN- CHINEESE- SPANISH
- Cookies – Kekse- 饼干 (binggan) – Galletas
- Christmas – Weihnachten – 圣诞 (shengdan) – Navidades
- Snow – Schnee- 雪 (xue) – Nieve
- Santa claus – Weihnachtsmann- 圣诞老人 (shengdanlaoren) – Papá Noel
- Lamb – Lamm – 羊肉 (yangrou) – Cordero
- Present – Geschenk-礼物 (liwu) – Regalo
- Song –Lied- 歌 (ge) – Canción