Friday, January 27, 2023

These Are Some Hispanic Christmas Traditions: Food, Posadas, and More

NEW YORK – The holiday season is a favorite across the community, and celebrating with family, friends, loved ones, or in whatever way pleases your heart is just around the corner.

The traditions of the season are one reason people feel this time of year in an even more special way. There is no doubt that Latin America has unique and different traditions that enhance the Christmas spirit. From seasonal dishes to soul-illuminating carols.

Posadas or Novena of Christmas Bonus

Posad is a traditional celebration that takes place 9 days before Christmas i.e. from 16th December to 24th December. They are mainly celebrated in countries such as Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama.

The idea is that during these 9 days, people visit a house as a representation of the Virgin Mary’s search to find a place for the baby Jesus.

Yolanda Vasquez joins us from the Bronx.

On the other hand, in other Latin American countries it is called Novenas de Aquinaldos, as in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. In these countries, from December 16 to 24, people gather to pray novenas, sing Christmas carols, and eat seasonal dishes.

Alfredo Acosta informs us.

baby jesus instead of Santa Claus

An outstanding tradition common to most Latin American countries is that of the distribution of gifts by the Child Jesus. Tradition has it that the gifts come from the baby Jesus because of Christmas which celebrates the birth of Jesus.

midnight Mass

Midnight Mass is a Catholic celebration in which the birth of the Messiah is celebrated collectively on December 24, Christmas Eve.

Celebration on 24 December

For most Latin American countries, although Christmas is on the 25th, the main celebration takes place on December 24, the night in which everyone waits for midnight to celebrate Christmas Eve and the arrival of the baby Jesus.

Christmas dinner

Although everyone in Latin America celebrates with a Christmas dinner, there are different seasonal dishes for each country.

In some countries, such as Venezuela, they eat Christmas tamales, which are known in that country as halqa. Other countries also eat tamales, such as in Guatemala, Mexico, and El Salvador. In Argentina, roast beef is a tradition and in other countries such as Peru, Turkey.

Sonhos and rice are eaten with raisins in Brazil.

Lechón is also an iconic dish, and is eaten in places like Bolivia and Colombia. Desserts such as custard, fritters and rice pudding are also eaten in Colombia. In Venezuela there is milky sweet and nougat.

Most Listened Christmas Carols

One of the most listened to Christmas songs in Latin America My Burrito Sabanero, Huachito Torito,we will meet, Nanita Nana, The Fish in the River.

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