Chinese Santa: Dun Che Lao Ren

Santa Claus in China is called Dun Che Lao Ren which means "Christmas Old Man”. The Christian children of China hang muslin stockings hoping that Christmas Old Man will fill them with gifts and treats. The Chinese Christmas trees are called ‘Trees of Light’.

The non-Christian Chinese call this season the Spring Festival and celebrate with many festivities that include delicious meals and pay respects to their ancestors. The children are the main focus of these celebrations, they receive new clothes and toys, eat delectable food and watch firecrackers displays.

Both Santa Claus and the Laughing Buddha are associated with the notion of “bringing the gift of happiness” to everyone and particularly to children. They both wear red clothing and carry sacks full of gifts. But while Santa is closely associated with the season of Christmas, Laughing Buddha or Mi Lo Fa (as he is known in Chinese) is welcomed, celebrated and invited into homes, restaurants and businesses all through the year.

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Chinese Santa in red satin brocade jacket and 
hat with dark rust trousers and 'gold' slippers