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Jewish community won’t be denied a Chinese Christmas


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The Jewish tradition of marking Christmas with a visit to a Chinese Restaurant lived on this year for some despite the pandemic.

With so many restaurants closed, Chinese ones included, what’s a Jew to do?

Eating out at a Chinese restaurant has become a way for the Jewish community to find refuge on this holiday.

Some took to social media to declare the tradition lives on…with take out.

Turns out Jews aren’t the only ones who improvise on Christmas. In Japan, its become a tradition for some to mark the Christian holiday by going to Kentucky Fried Chicken.

“In Japan, it is customary to eat chicken at Christmas,” says a 30-something Japanese woman to CNN Travel. “Every year, I order the party barrel (from KFC) and enjoy it with my family. I like the delicious chicken and the cute picture plate that comes with it as a bonus.”

According to DW.com, Christmas is also a day of romance in Japan with high end restaurants and hotels booked up months in advance.

Those who prefer something more affordable turn to KFC.

“We always order KFC at Christmas because that is what my parents used to do when I was young,” said Tomura, a 40-year-old housewife from Yokohama, said to DW.com.

“It was always a bit of a treat when I was young as we didn’t go out to restaurants so often back then. And KFC seemed foreign and exotic,” she added.

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