In the news: Christmas around Asia

On the beach, in churches and from bungee chords – here are some ways Christmas was celebrated around Asia yesterday.

Happy Christmas season to all from Visited Planet.

Philippines – from CNN

Pic: Getty Images

Known as the country with “the longest Christmas season in the world,” Filipinos get the Christmas festivities rolling in September, and extend them well through January. The country’s cities and islands are festooned with nativities, lantern
parades, and Christmas bazaars.

New Zealand – from CNN

Sun-lovers who would prefer to meet santa in swimwear rather than thermals should head down to Queenstown. The New Zealand summer means you can enjoy all the adventures that the South Island has to offer without getting a frostbite or simply enjoy a hearty Christmas meal of lamb, seafood, and chicken on the barbie.

Pic courtesy Destination Queenstown

Myanmar – from AP

Myanmar’s nuns pray at the Saint Marry Cathedral in Christmas Day cerebration on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Yangon, Myanmar.

Pic: AP Photo/Khin Maung Win

Queensland – from Visit Queensland

Santa is just stopping off for a quick bungee before his Queensland present run.

Pic: Visit Queensland

India – from AP

People react to cameras as they celebrate Christmas with a 151 feet (46 meters) long Christmas cake at a shopping festival in Chandigarh, India, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. Although Christians comprise only two percent of the population Christmas is a national holiday and is observed across the country as an occasion to celebrate.

Pic: AP Photo/Kapil Sethi

Australia – from AP

British travelers, left to right, Isolde Lewis, Spencer Sullivan, Damon Hull, Lewis Conlon and Daniel Strange celebrate Christmas Day despite wet and cold weather at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

Pic: AP Photo/Rick Rycroft