Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Christmas Around the World: South America

Christmas Nativity Scene by krisdecurtis.


The most important day of festivities is Nuche Buena or "good night"  which is celebrated on the 24 night of December.

If the family can afford it, a whole turkey is usually roasted.  Eaten along with the turkey is applesauce.

People who are guests should bring a gift such as pannetone or a beverage.

Children are brought gifts by Santa Clause, who was introduced by the Americans.

Fireworks are often lit off by families, even though they are banned in Peru.

Children are sent to bed after midnight.  Then the adults parties begin.  Dinning rooms and living rooms are transformed into dance floors.  People flirt, and drink, and make new friends. These house parties can last until 5 or 6 a.m. on the 25 of December.  Not a lot happens on the 25 because people sleep in so late.


Brazilians are a mix of people from around the world, and therefore, their Christmas celebrations and traditions are diverse.  

Nativity scenes are set out in homes, shops, and churches.  This is a very important part of the holiday for Brazilians.  

Father Noel bring the gifts to the children, he wears silk while delivering presents due to the hot summer heat.

Despite the heat, huge Christmas dinners are eaten.  They include turkey, ham, colored rice, vegetable, and fruit dishes.

Catholics attend midnight mass on the 24.  They also attend an afternoon mass on the 25.

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