CHRISTMAS FOR CHILDREN
It is a custom that on Christmas Eve children sing in front of the town’s houses after which they are given a generous portion of Christmas goodies by the occupants.
Lucia processions on 13th December, where children with garlands on their head and candles in their hands sing about Saint Lucia, are very popular at schools and after-school centres.
Christmas Eve is celebrated on 24th December with dancing around the Christmas tree, although many children have already received their presents in the morning!
NEW YEAR IN GREENLAND
New Year is celebrated in the same way as in Europe with good food, fireworks, singing and champagne – although there is a difference: On 31st December New Year is celebrated twice – firstly the Danish New Year at 8 p.m. (there is a 4-hour time difference) and then the Greenlandic New Year at midnight.
On both occasions the night sky and the snow-covered landscapes are illuminated by spectacular and colourful rockets.