Face Of The Day

Penguins Dress As Santa Claus At Everland

A helper dressed as Santa Claus holds a Fennec fox at Everland, South Korea’s largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. By Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images. Update from a reader:

The Republic of China on Taiwan also recognizes Christmas, though it’s officially “Constitution Day” there. Madam Chiang Kai-shek was Christian and wanted to ensure that 12/25 was a holiday, so had it declared constitution day early in the history of the Republic, and it’s stuck. The oddest thing I found (I lived in Taiwan in the early ’90s) was that Christmas Eve was a huge night for dates – flowers were all sold out that day, and there was no way to get into a restaurant of any quality that night.