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Christmas Traditions in Latin America

Christmas is well known all around the world. Each country has different customs and traditions. Different nations celebrate in their own individual way including different dates, food, drinks that result in a variety of diverse Christmas traditions.

In USA, Christmas Eve is famous in Spanish as La Noche Buena, meaning ‘the good night’. Christmas Eve is famous in Portuguese as Véspera de Natal Christmas Eve is well known by staying up to midnight when presents and gifts are opened Most with the nations follow the Roman Catholic religion where Christmas is definitely a vital religious festival Scenes from the Nativity are popular.

Religious Processions and parades are strongly featured within the nations Festivities include Christmas lights, giving gifts, trees, candles, decorations, parties and firework displays. Turron is really a nougat desert made from honey, sugar and egg white that is topped with toasted almonds and popular throughout Latin America Christmas Traditions in Latin America.

Mexican Christmas festivities begin on December 12 with the feast of La Guadalupana (Virgin of Guadalupe), and ends on January 6, with the Epiphany. In between these dates, other festivities include Holy Innocents Day and the main celebration Las Posadas, which lasts for nine days, from December 16 until Christmas Eve.

Villancicos (village songs) are Christmas carols with religious themes used like a poetic and musical method to announce and celebrate the arriving from the Christ child. Villancicos originated from medieval Spain.

Las Posadas and Novenas celebrated in certain Latin American nations from Dec. 16 with the 24 when preparing for the Noche Buena. These nine days symbolize Mary’s pregnancy, your way of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and also the search for lodging for that night Jesus was created. It is also a time of reflection and thanksgiving.

Guatemala: For nine days before Christmas, Las Posadas are celebrated as religious processions go through the streets. The figures of Mary and Joseph are carried to some friend’s house, in which a carol is sung requesting lodging for that Holy Family.

Puerto Rico: At the start with the Christmas season, carolers begin going from property to property. Nine days before Christmas, the Mass from the Carols begins. This happens each morning at 5:30.

Colombia: The Christmas season starts on Dec. 7, when families light candles (approximately 100 candles around the sidewalk area). In the course of nine days beginning Dec. 16, Colombians usually do Novenas Navideñas, where families and neighbors collect at night round the Nativity scenes to sing villancicos and pray to the Virgin Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

Mexico: Mexican households are decorated with flowers and evergreens. Every night groups of villagers (Santos Peregrinos or holy pilgrims) assemble for that procession of Las Posadas. Carrying candles and chanting songs, they’re going from property to property looking for lodging for that Holy Family.

Ecuador: Novenas, or house tours, begin Christmas nine days before Christmas. Ecuadorians visit other homes at the moment looking at the nativity scenes. A unique cookie, created using maple syrup, is eaten like a treat.

Peru: Peruvians come up with Nativity scenes in churches and homes, perform dances and plays, and cook traditional food. Within the week preceding Christmas, it’s also popular for communities and churches to arrange “chocolatadas,” where those who are offer poor children a mug of hot chocolate and, perhaps, a little gift.

In Brazil, the ocean plays a job as Christmas is well known with the rhythm from the waves. Nations for example Bolivia and Ecuador celebrate their culture with traditional music to provide a touch of joy in this season. In Colombia, in metropolitan cities like Bogota, parks and city streets are illuminated with large Christmas lights. In El Salvador and Nicaragua, persons cook the very best of their traditional food, and, around midnight, there’s usually a display of fireworks and estrellitas (little stars), which illuminate the good thing about the lands and beaches.

Christmas Eve, or Noche Buena, is really a day when all Latin Americans value family and set it first through Christmas celebrations. Families and neighbors collect to eat and dance. Some families visit the Misa del Gallo, or “Rooster Mass” (the Christmas Mass), which begins at nighttime. Others stay home and collect around the Nativity scenes to wish and sing villancicos, and hold back until midnight to greet each other Merry Christmas, exchange gifts, and also have a big dinner.

Another typical tradition would be to place the baby Jesus figure included inside the Nativity scene, or Pesebre. The Nativity scene might be set underneath the tree per month earlier, however the figure isn’t placed until after midnight of Christmas Eve, symbolizing that Christ has become born.

Due to constant immigration and also the influence of popular culture from different nations, other traditions happen to be introduced. The Christmas tree has joined the manger scene like a popular ornament. Traditionally, el Niño Jesús the Christ Child or even the Three Wise Kings are who bring the gifts.

In Latin America the Christmas months are also time when persons show the solidarity that exists within their population, no matter nationality or religion.

 


 

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