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Warga Australia Juga Rayakan ‘Natal’ di Bulan Juli

Anda pernah mendengar perayaan Natal di bulan Juli? Ternyata ini terjadi di Australia di tengah-tengah musim dingin, dan ini adalah pelengkap Natal sebenarnya di bulan Desember. Bingung? simak cerita kami berikut ini.

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?
Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?
Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?
Photo: Flickr CC: Sarah_Ackerman

No, the real Christmas only happens once a year - on 25 December. In Australia it's a national public holiday and people observe the day with friends and family, coming together to swap presents and enjoy good food and drink.

It can be hot and humid during December, which is in the middle of summer in Australia. So Christmas is celebrated differently here compared to the northern hemisphere, where it's the middle of winter.

In Australia it's more likely we'll have beer on the beach, rather than mulled wine and markets, which is what happens in Europe. The food eaten here will also be lighter, with seafood a popular choice.

 

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?
So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?
So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?
Photo: City of Sydney Archives, Sydney Reference Collection

Australia has British and European heritage, so there's a strong attachment to the tradition of celebrating Christmas in cold weather. That's why there's 'Christmas in July', which is also known as Yulefest or Yuletide. 

July is generally the coldest month of winter, so celebrations emulate the atmosphere of the northern hemisphere winter. So that means hearty food like roasts, and warm drinks in front of fireplaces and bonfires.

Christmas in July does not replace the real Christmas in December, and is enjoyed as an extra celebration. It's not an official holiday and it's not celebrated by everyone, but its popularity is growing.

Read:  Ruth Macklin's experience of Christmas in July on ABC Open

 

Where does the concept come from?
Where does the concept come from?
Where does the concept come from?

Where does the concept come from?

Where does the concept come from?

Where does the concept come from?
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, BD Mills

The phrase 'Christmas in July' is also found in other countries in the southern hemisphere like New Zealand and South Africa.

There was a Hollywood movie called Christmas in July (1940). However, the film is not believed to be the origin of the phrase's use in Australia, which seems to date from around the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

No one seems to know for sure where the concept comes from, but it's rumoured to have originated with a small group of people creating the occasion in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

 

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?
Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?
Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?
Photo: Sovereign Hill Museums Association

Most of Australia doesn’t receive snow during July so most Christmas in July celebrations occur without it.

There’s been a cold snap this year which has led to weird, wonderful weather in Australia so there's much more snow fall than usual. For example, it's currently snowing in the Blue Mountains, which is adding to the celebrations by creating a cosy atmosphere.

But at some celebrations such as Sovereign Hill's Christmas in July, fake snow was required. Sovereign Hill is an open air museum in Victoria which depicts Australia's gold rush era of the 1850s.  It's a popular tourist attraction that's recently introduced 'Christmas in July' into its annual program.

 

Do people give Christmas in July presents?
Do people give Christmas in July presents?
Do people give Christmas in July presents?

Do people give Christmas in July presents?

Do people give Christmas in July presents?

Do people give Christmas in July presents?
Photo: ABC: Sheila Pham

The celebration is mainly used as an excuse for people to have private gatherings with family and friends, but it's also used as a reason for public events and ticketed functions.

Christmas in July is increasingly being used for commercial purposes, like this display of trees in Sydney’s Pitt Street mall this year. Aside from the festive decor, hot coffee and warm popcorn were served for free to encourage people to go shopping.

 

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Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?
Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?
Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?
Photo: Flickr CC: Sarah_Ackerman

No, the real Christmas only happens once a year - on 25 December. In Australia it's a national public holiday and people observe the day with friends and family, coming together to swap presents and enjoy good food and drink.

It can be hot and humid during December, which is in the middle of summer in Australia. So Christmas is celebrated differently here compared to the northern hemisphere, where it's the middle of winter.

In Australia it's more likely we'll have beer on the beach, rather than mulled wine and markets, which is what happens in Europe. The food eaten here will also be lighter, with seafood a popular choice.

 

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?
So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?
So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?
Photo: City of Sydney Archives, Sydney Reference Collection

Australia has British and European heritage, so there's a strong attachment to the tradition of celebrating Christmas in cold weather. That's why there's 'Christmas in July', which is also known as Yulefest or Yuletide. 

July is generally the coldest month of winter, so celebrations emulate the atmosphere of the northern hemisphere winter. So that means hearty food like roasts, and warm drinks in front of fireplaces and bonfires.

Christmas in July does not replace the real Christmas in December, and is enjoyed as an extra celebration. It's not an official holiday and it's not celebrated by everyone, but its popularity is growing.

Read:  Ruth Macklin's experience of Christmas in July on ABC Open

 

Where does the concept come from?
Where does the concept come from?
Where does the concept come from?

Where does the concept come from?

Where does the concept come from?

Where does the concept come from?
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, BD Mills

The phrase 'Christmas in July' is also found in other countries in the southern hemisphere like New Zealand and South Africa.

There was a Hollywood movie called Christmas in July (1940). However, the film is not believed to be the origin of the phrase's use in Australia, which seems to date from around the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

No one seems to know for sure where the concept comes from, but it's rumoured to have originated with a small group of people creating the occasion in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

 

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?
Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?
Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?
Photo: Sovereign Hill Museums Association

Most of Australia doesn’t receive snow during July so most Christmas in July celebrations occur without it.

There’s been a cold snap this year which has led to weird, wonderful weather in Australia so there's much more snow fall than usual. For example, it's currently snowing in the Blue Mountains, which is adding to the celebrations by creating a cosy atmosphere.

But at some celebrations such as Sovereign Hill's Christmas in July, fake snow was required. Sovereign Hill is an open air museum in Victoria which depicts Australia's gold rush era of the 1850s.  It's a popular tourist attraction that's recently introduced 'Christmas in July' into its annual program.

 

Do people give Christmas in July presents?
Do people give Christmas in July presents?
Do people give Christmas in July presents?

Do people give Christmas in July presents?

Do people give Christmas in July presents?

Do people give Christmas in July presents?
Photo: ABC: Sheila Pham

The celebration is mainly used as an excuse for people to have private gatherings with family and friends, but it's also used as a reason for public events and ticketed functions.

Christmas in July is increasingly being used for commercial purposes, like this display of trees in Sydney’s Pitt Street mall this year. Aside from the festive decor, hot coffee and warm popcorn were served for free to encourage people to go shopping.

 

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Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?
Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?
Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?
Photo: Flickr CC: Sarah_Ackerman

No, the real Christmas only happens once a year - on 25 December. In Australia it's a national public holiday and people observe the day with friends and family, coming together to swap presents and enjoy good food and drink.

It can be hot and humid during December, which is in the middle of summer in Australia. So Christmas is celebrated differently here compared to the northern hemisphere, where it's the middle of winter.

In Australia it's more likely we'll have beer on the beach, rather than mulled wine and markets, which is what happens in Europe. The food eaten here will also be lighter, with seafood a popular choice.

 

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?
So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?
So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?
Photo: City of Sydney Archives, Sydney Reference Collection

Australia has British and European heritage, so there's a strong attachment to the tradition of celebrating Christmas in cold weather. That's why there's 'Christmas in July', which is also known as Yulefest or Yuletide. 

July is generally the coldest month of winter, so celebrations emulate the atmosphere of the northern hemisphere winter. So that means hearty food like roasts, and warm drinks in front of fireplaces and bonfires.

Christmas in July does not replace the real Christmas in December, and is enjoyed as an extra celebration. It's not an official holiday and it's not celebrated by everyone, but its popularity is growing.

Read:  Ruth Macklin's experience of Christmas in July on ABC Open

 

Where does the concept come from?
Where does the concept come from?
Where does the concept come from?

Where does the concept come from?

Where does the concept come from?

Where does the concept come from?
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, BD Mills

The phrase 'Christmas in July' is also found in other countries in the southern hemisphere like New Zealand and South Africa.

There was a Hollywood movie called Christmas in July (1940). However, the film is not believed to be the origin of the phrase's use in Australia, which seems to date from around the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

No one seems to know for sure where the concept comes from, but it's rumoured to have originated with a small group of people creating the occasion in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

 

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?
Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?
Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?
Photo: Sovereign Hill Museums Association

Most of Australia doesn’t receive snow during July so most Christmas in July celebrations occur without it.

There’s been a cold snap this year which has led to weird, wonderful weather in Australia so there's much more snow fall than usual. For example, it's currently snowing in the Blue Mountains, which is adding to the celebrations by creating a cosy atmosphere.

But at some celebrations such as Sovereign Hill's Christmas in July, fake snow was required. Sovereign Hill is an open air museum in Victoria which depicts Australia's gold rush era of the 1850s.  It's a popular tourist attraction that's recently introduced 'Christmas in July' into its annual program.

 

Do people give Christmas in July presents?
Do people give Christmas in July presents?
Do people give Christmas in July presents?

Do people give Christmas in July presents?

Do people give Christmas in July presents?

Do people give Christmas in July presents?
Photo: ABC: Sheila Pham

The celebration is mainly used as an excuse for people to have private gatherings with family and friends, but it's also used as a reason for public events and ticketed functions.

Christmas in July is increasingly being used for commercial purposes, like this display of trees in Sydney’s Pitt Street mall this year. Aside from the festive decor, hot coffee and warm popcorn were served for free to encourage people to go shopping.

 

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Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?
Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?
Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?

Is Christmas celebrated twice a year in Australia?
Photo: Flickr CC: Sarah_Ackerman

No, the real Christmas only happens once a year - on 25 December. In Australia it's a national public holiday and people observe the day with friends and family, coming together to swap presents and enjoy good food and drink.

It can be hot and humid during December, which is in the middle of summer in Australia. So Christmas is celebrated differently here compared to the northern hemisphere, where it's the middle of winter.

In Australia it's more likely we'll have beer on the beach, rather than mulled wine and markets, which is what happens in Europe. The food eaten here will also be lighter, with seafood a popular choice.

 

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?
So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?
So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?

So why is there also a Christmas celebration during July?
Photo: City of Sydney Archives, Sydney Reference Collection

Australia has British and European heritage, so there's a strong attachment to the tradition of celebrating Christmas in cold weather. That's why there's 'Christmas in July', which is also known as Yulefest or Yuletide. 

July is generally the coldest month of winter, so celebrations emulate the atmosphere of the northern hemisphere winter. So that means hearty food like roasts, and warm drinks in front of fireplaces and bonfires.

Christmas in July does not replace the real Christmas in December, and is enjoyed as an extra celebration. It's not an official holiday and it's not celebrated by everyone, but its popularity is growing.

Read:  Ruth Macklin's experience of Christmas in July on ABC Open

 

Where does the concept come from?
Where does the concept come from?
Where does the concept come from?

Where does the concept come from?

Where does the concept come from?

Where does the concept come from?
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, BD Mills

The phrase 'Christmas in July' is also found in other countries in the southern hemisphere like New Zealand and South Africa.

There was a Hollywood movie called Christmas in July (1940). However, the film is not believed to be the origin of the phrase's use in Australia, which seems to date from around the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

No one seems to know for sure where the concept comes from, but it's rumoured to have originated with a small group of people creating the occasion in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

 

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?
Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?
Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?

Do Australians have a 'white' Christmas in July?
Photo: Sovereign Hill Museums Association

Most of Australia doesn’t receive snow during July so most Christmas in July celebrations occur without it.

There’s been a cold snap this year which has led to weird, wonderful weather in Australia so there's much more snow fall than usual. For example, it's currently snowing in the Blue Mountains, which is adding to the celebrations by creating a cosy atmosphere.

But at some celebrations such as Sovereign Hill's Christmas in July, fake snow was required. Sovereign Hill is an open air museum in Victoria which depicts Australia's gold rush era of the 1850s.  It's a popular tourist attraction that's recently introduced 'Christmas in July' into its annual program.

 

Do people give Christmas in July presents?
Do people give Christmas in July presents?
Do people give Christmas in July presents?

Do people give Christmas in July presents?

Do people give Christmas in July presents?

Do people give Christmas in July presents?
Photo: ABC: Sheila Pham

The celebration is mainly used as an excuse for people to have private gatherings with family and friends, but it's also used as a reason for public events and ticketed functions.

Christmas in July is increasingly being used for commercial purposes, like this display of trees in Sydney’s Pitt Street mall this year. Aside from the festive decor, hot coffee and warm popcorn were served for free to encourage people to go shopping.

 

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Apakah Natal dirayakan dua kali setahun di Australia?

Apakah Natal dirayakan dua kali setahun di Australia?
Apakah Natal dirayakan dua kali setahun di Australia?
Foto: Flickr CC: Sarah_Ackerman

Tidak, Natal sebenarnya hanya terjadi sekali setahun - yakni pada tanggal 25 Desember. Di Australia, hari itu adalah hari libur nasional dan warga di sana menikmatinya dengan keluarga dan teman-teman, saling bertukar kado dan menyantap hidangan khas.

Pada bulan Desember, cuaca bisa begitu panas di Australia, karena bulan itu adalah pertengahan musim panas. Jadi, Natal dirayakan secara berbeda dibandingkan di belahan Bumi bagian utara, yang sedang berada di pertengahan musim dingin.

Di Australia, lebih mungkin menikmati Natal sambil minum bir di pantai, ketimbang minum wine dan menjelajahi pasar Natal, yang biasanya terjadi di Eropa. Makanan yang disajikan di Australia-pun lebih ringan, seperti seafood dengan makanan pendamping populer lainnya.

Jadi, kenapa pula ada perayaan Natal di bulan Juli?
Foto: City of Sydney Archives, Sydney Reference Collection

Australia memiliki warisan Inggris dan Eropa, jadi ada kedekatan yang kuat pada tradisi perayaan Natal dalam cuaca yang dingin. Itulah sebabnya, ada perayaan Natal di bulan Juli, yang juga dikenal sebagai 'Yulefest' atau 'Yuletide'.

Bulan Juli biasanya merupakan bulan bersuhu terendah dalam musim dingin, jadi perayaan Natal di bulan ini berusaha untuk menyamai perayaan serupa di belahan Bumi bagian utara. Artinya, perayaan diwarnai dengan makanan yang lebih berat seperti daging panggang dan minuman hangat, yang dinikmati di dekat perapian.

Natal di bulan Juli, tentu saja, tak menggantikan Natal sesungguhnya di bulan Desember, dan dinikmati sebagai perayaan ekstra. Ini bukanlah hari libur resmi dan tak dirayakan oleh tiap orang, tapi popularitasnya terus berkembang.

Dari mana datangnya konsep ini?
Foto: Wikimedia Commons, BD Mills

Perayaan Natal di bulan Juli juga ditemukan di negara-negara lain yang terletak di belahan Bumi selatan seperti Selandia Baru dan Afrika Selatan.

Dulu, ada film Hollywood berjudul "Natal di Bulan Juli" atau Christmas in July (1940). Namun, film ini tak dipercayai sebagai sumber awal dari perayaan ini di Australia, yang nampaknya mulai berlangsung dari akhir dekade 1970an hingga awal 1980an.

Tak ada yang tahu pasti dari mana konsep ini berawal, tapi rumornya, perayaan Natal bulan Juli berasal dari sekelompok kecil orang yang mengadakannya di wilayah pegunungan Blue Mountains di barat Sydney.

Apakah warga Australia merayakan Natal 'putih' di bulan Juli?
Foto: Sovereign Hill Museums Association

Sebagian besar wilayah Australia tak mendapat salju selama bulan Juli, jadi Natal di bulan Juli dirayakan tanpa salju.

Ada cuaca ekstrim tahun ini, yang memunculkan cuaca aneh namun menakjubkan di Australia, sehingga ada lebih banyak salju daripada biasanya. Misalnya, saat ini wilayah Blue Mountains sedang bersalju, yang menambah kemeriahan perayaan Natal bulan Juli.

Tapi di beberapa perayaan seperti 'Natal bulan Juli di Sovereign Hill'. salju buatan diperlukan. Sovereign Hill adalah museum luar ruangan di negara bagian Victoria, yang menggambarkan era emas Australia di tahun 1850an. Tempat ini adalah destinasi turis yang populer yang, baru-baru ini, mengenalkan 'Natal di bulan Juli' ke dalam program tahunannya.

Apakah orang-orang memberi kado saat perayaan Natal di bulan Juli?
Foto: ABC: Sheila Pham

Perayaan ini utamanya digunakan sebagai alasan bagi warga Australia untuk mengadakan pertemuan pribadi dengan keluarga dan teman, selain itu, hal ini juga digunakan sebagai alasan untuk berbagai kegiatan dan pertunjukan publik.

Natal di bulan Juli, secara meningkat, digunakan untuk tujuan komersil, seperti tampilan pohon di Pitt Street, Sydney, pada tahun ini. Terlepas dari dekorasi yang megah, kopi dan popcorn panas juga disajikan gratis untuk memotivasi warga sekitar agar datang berbelanja.

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