Inside a small British island where 30 inhabitants have not yet celebrated Christmas due to age-old traditions

Most Brits put away their Christmas decorations, but the halls are still decorated on this little British island.

30 residents living in Fora, Scotlandyou haven’t sat down to a Turkish dinner or opened a present yet.


The remote Scottish island of Hoola has yet to celebrate ChristmasCredit: Getty
Locals don't open their gifts until January - nearly two weeks behind the UK


Locals don’t open their gifts until January – nearly two weeks behind the UKCredit: Getty


A remote island still follows the ancient Julian calendarCredit: Getty


Young people have waited longer than anyone else for Santa to comeCredit: Getty

Locals still honor and celebrate age-old traditions Christmas About 2 weeks late.

located 20 miles west of Shetland The mainland, a rural island, is literally stuck firmly in the past.

Phula still follows the ancient Julian calendar. In other words, the island is 12 days behind the others. UK.

Rather than adopting the Gregorian calendar with Britain in 1752, it continued with its regular public holidays.

An old island tradition Yule is celebrated January 6th instead of December 25th.

Inevitably, Hoola’s New Year’s Day has also been postponed, with locals raising their glasses on January 13th instead.

The solitude combined with the peculiar way of life allowed the islanders to have a firm grasp on strong Nordic traditions.

Fora’s inhabitants were the last speakers of Norn, a dialect that disappeared in 1800.

Their historically simple and sustainable customs are still reflected in their festive celebrations, centuries later.

This means that Christmas Day is very different from the glitzy, Instagrammable moments that Britons are used to.

On January 6th, islanders gather in houses to celebrate and exchange gifts and greetings.

Only a handful of children remain who have been forced to wait longer for Santa to arrive than in other parts of the world.

“It’s not us that’s changed, it’s everyone else,” said local Stuart Taylor.

“We are not special. Other parts of the world, such as parts of Russia, still celebrate the lunar calendar.

“On the 6th, families open presents in their respective homes, and in the evening we all tend to gather in the same house.

“It’s the same on New Year’s Day on the 13th, when we visit each other’s houses and become one.


Thirty residents gather in one house and celebrate the festival together.Credit: Getty


A small island is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean


Locals live without shops, pubs and reliable transportCredit: Getty

“This tradition does not end here. Children were raised to expect the main gift on the 6th.”

Residents continue to revere its strong heritage and take great pride in its folklore, music and festivals.

Just 3.5 miles long and 0.5 miles wide, the tiny island only got full electricity and running water in the early 1980s.

Houla, which means ‘island of birds’ in Norse, now has a renewable energy system backed up by diesel.

Despite its steady modernization, the island still lacks shops, pubs and reliable transport.

Due to its remote location, Tom McIntyre, a former minister of the Church of Scotland, had to give up going to Hoola for one Christmas service because of terrible weather conditions. did.

He hosted only one wedding and funeral on the island during his five-year term.

But the kind residents never let the pastor go home empty-handed.

Foula was also the filming location for the 1937 Michael Powell classic The Edge of the World.

The island’s natural beauty and remote location proved the perfect setting to portray the depopulation of the Scottish Isles.


Foula is 12 days behind Great Britain because it does not use the Gregorian calendar.Credit: Getty


Water and electricity were brought to Hoola in the early 80’s.Credit: Getty Images – Getty


Islanders vowed to keep strong Nordic traditions alivecredit: Inside a small British island where 30 inhabitants have not yet celebrated Christmas due to age-old traditions

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