In the United States, Latin American countries, Australia and also in most European countries where majority of people are Christians, people celebrate Christmas as a national holiday. During a Christmas season, there are lots of decorations not only at home but also in town and shopping malls etc. Schools and offices are closed as a national holiday and almost all people diligently celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ.
How is the situation in non-Christian countries ? Take Japan for instance, the vast majority of people are Buddhist. Nevertheless we can find so many Christmas decorations at home, in town and also in the shopping mall as well. Especially department store and retailers make a big Christmas sale because they can expect a huge amount of sales in this season.
Because the vast majority of Japanese people are not Christians, majority of people do not make religious celebration of Christmas but just have fun by making various decorations and holding parties as well as going out for having a nice time. In short, Christmas in Japan does not have a big religious meaning but they just follow American and European customs of Christmas event.
No matter whether he/she is a Christian or not, most kids are given Christmas gift from their parents. Therefore in a sense of commercialism, Christmas is a big event even in Japan. If a big sale is expected during this season, none of department stores, retailers and consumer goods manufacturers hesitate to make a big deal for promoting the sales of their merchandise, which is quite understandable.
If you have ever visited Japan during a Christmas season you must have found uncountable number of Christmas decorations not only Christmas trees but also beautiful illuminations decorating lots of places such as shopping malls, buildings, Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Sky Tree that is the highest tower in the world. Nowadays many families display a Christmas tree (although the size is much smaller than American trees) and the gifts are placed around the tree like American and European people do.
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