Christmas and New Year Celebrations in New Zealand – by Dana Haimona

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Hangi1New Zealand Xmas TreeChristmas in New Zealand is  very different to christmas in Italy. The main difference is that it is summer in New Zealand, so there is no snow. Most families spend their time outside perhaps at their homes, the lake or at the beach. Many familes have a barbeque, some have a traditional meal called a ‘Hangi’. A hangi is an underground oven, which means the food is cooked under the ground. Typical hangi food consists of, chicken, beef, pork, potatoes, kumara or sweet potatoe, pumpkin and stuffing (bread crumbs). A hangi takes a long time to prepare as a fire needs to be started and rocks need to be heated to get the ground extremely hot. Once the gound is hot enough the food is placed in iron baskets and then into the ground where it is left for about four hours to cook. After four hours the food is bought out of the ground ready for all to enjoy. It is has quite a smokey flavour and is delicious! For desert most families also enjoy a popular New Zealand desert called a pavlova, which is a meringue covered with whipped cream and the decorated with fresh fruit and chocolate flakes.

People often spend New Years at the beach or wherever festivals are being held. The night begins with lots of musical performances and the finishes off with a fire work display.

We call this time in New Zealand the ‘Summer Holidays’. They are a great time to be with family and friends.

By Dana Haimona


  1. How do Italian families spend their Christmas?
  2. What is typical Italian food on Christmas day?

15 thoughts on “Christmas and New Year Celebrations in New Zealand – by Dana Haimona

  1. le famiglie italiane fanno l’ albero, il presepe e aprono i regali!!!!!!!!!!!
    typical italian food on christmas day is boiled chicken or turkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;)>GNAM!!

  2. i miei genitori spendono con mio fratello 20.00 euro e anche con me.Di solito per Natale mangiamo MOLTO pesce ma anche MOLTO dolce e quello è l’unico giorno in cui mangio tanto….. 😉

  3. io il natale lo passo con tutta la mia famiglia e mi piacerebbe tanto festeggiare il natale sulla spiaggia perchè l’ho gia fatto e mi sono divertita un mondo 🙂 🙂 I LOVE NEW ZELAND

  4. anche io il natale lo passo con la mia famiglia però vorrei entrare nel vero spirito natalizio è un momento per fare regali, piacere, lavoretti, aiutare i genitori

  5. io l’ho festeggiato con i parenti ed è stato bellissimo
    il piatto tipico per me i tortelli alla zucca 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 :D:D 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀


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