We really want to know how other nations celebrate Christmas. Today we’ll talk about how Christmas in Central and South American Nations are like. In these parts, you can find a large population of Christians, that’s why you can find nativity scenes as the main attraction for houses during this season. Christmas trees also come with it, but while others fancy the big trees, live or artificial, people in these places usually prefer a their tree to be as simple as a branch that was cut from a tree or just a shrub and decorated minimally.
In Mexico, the main Christmas festivity is called the La Posada. It features a procession where Mary and Joseph are searching for a place to lay and give birth to Jesus. People are also seen bringing pictures of Mary and Joseph and then they go from house to house. They also hold the famous Midnight Mass called the Misa de Gallo where you’ll hear the singing of lullabies to Jesus by those attending the service.
Christmas Day is most special for the kids because candies and other gifts are all stuffed in a piñata that is hung from the ceiling. Kids will alternately hit the piñata, and when it breaks all the goodies will come crumbling down, just imagine the laughter you’ll hear from those excited kids. The Three Wise Men will be presenting gifts to kids on January 6.
Venezuela has the pesebres usually displayed on December 16 showing the Nativity scene. An early morning church service, Misa Aguinaldo, is held from December 16 to Christmas Eve. If you’re looking into having a bountiful dinner then that’s going to happen after the last Misa Aguinaldo on Christmas Eve.
Houses during Christmas time are adorned with red and white garlands. After the popular Midnight church service, they share a meal and a toast. Dancing and watching fireworks are one of the fun things they usually do. Meals are usually comprised of either turkey or pork, there’s also stuffed tomatoes, special kind of Christmas bread and puddings. For drinks they have cider and juice. Christmas Eve is also the time where the family opens their gifts before they head to resting on their beds.
Viejito Pascuero or Santa Claus is a popular figure in Chile during Christmas. However, instead of the usual reindeers pulling his sleigh, there’s the taxicab. The Chileans also have the pesebres but they use clays for smaller figures of the Nativity scene. For dinner, they have chicken soup with stuffed potatoes, onions and corn that’s on the cob. The pan de pasqua is the Christmas bread that’s everyone’s favorite because it’s got candies and fruits.
The Brazilians have a variety of ways to celebrate Christmas. They call the Nativity scene as the Presepio. Gifts at Christmas are believed to be given by Papai Noel or Father Noel who hails from Greenland. Silk is the common fabric used for clothing because Christmas is celebrated during summer. And, just like other countries in Central and Southern America, they also observe the Misa de Gallo.
A traditional Christmas dinner, called Ceia de Natal, includes ham, turkey, and colored rice, a variety of vegetables and fruit dishes. Catholic churches hold their Christmas Day mass in the late afternoon because people love to sleep late or go to the beach. The Christmas celebration doesn’t end right there and then because the festivities continue up to the 6th of January.
It’s really great to know how Christmas in Central and South American Nations are like. Christmas is definitely the most loved holiday!