Tuesday, February 7, 2023

This Latin American country hasn’t celebrated Christmas for over 100 years

Latin America is a mostly Catholic and Christian region due to the influence of Spanish colonialism. Christmas It is a celebration of Christian origin that aims to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity.

This celebration of religious origin is part of the traditional festivals that are most popular in the region, however, a Latin American country that “abolished” Christmas and other religious festivals a century ago.

This is Uruguay, the country that, although it maintains the holiday, has officially stopped celebrating Christmas. December 25 is a holiday in this country, but because of the celebration family day,

This decision was taken in 1919 following the principle of the 1918 constitution, ratified in 1917, which established Uruguay as a secular country, therefore, adhering to the separation of state and church, Latin American The country kept the holidays, but ceased to institutionally recognize the religious reason behind them.

As in the case of Christmas, Easter week is not celebrated, but tourism week is celebrated; Children’s Day is celebrated on the Day of the Three Kings, and the Day of the Virgin Mary is replaced by the Day of the Beaches.

However, this does not mean that they are forbidden celebrations, as the streets, and those who wish, celebrate Christmas on December 24 and follow traditions such as decorating with lights and recognizing the celebration as a holiday of Christian origin. Let’s follow

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*Grupo de Diarios Américas (GDA), to which EL Universal belongs, is a leading media network founded in 1991, promoting democratic values, free press and freedom of expression in Latin America through quality journalism for our hearing .

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