• Gordon Dumoulin

Christmas apples

Apples for Christmas | Christmas is getting more and more popular in China, Christmas decorations everywhere and especially by young people, but hardly any of its Western traditions remain. It is more like a Valentineโ€™s Day without flowers and chocolatesโ€ฆ. but with Christmas apples ๐Ÿ˜Š

One typical tradition on Christmas eve is giving apples to your loved ones. Christmas eve translates in Chinese to Pingโ€™anye (ๅนณๅฎ‰ๅคœ), a peaceful evening. The Chinese word for apple is Pingguo (่‹นๆžœ) which also sounds like the Chinese word for peace. During recent years, the tradition has become to give โ€˜Christmas eve applesโ€™ (pingโ€™anguoๅนณๅฎ‰ๆžœ, literally โ€˜peace applesโ€™) on Christmas eve.

Usually wrapped in boxes or colorful paper and decorated with cartoons, ribbons or even Christmas messages printed on their skin, Christmas apples appear in the markets, fruit shops and supermarkets around Christmas time.

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