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Transcript of Christmas Bolivia
During the holidays, the people in Bolivia usually set up nativity scenes. At midnight, it is a tradition to eat twelve grapes. The most unique thing in Bolivia is that they have a firework show at Christmas. To us, a firework show is usually found on the fourth of July, but in Bolivia, fireworks are a common tradition during Christmas. The Bolivian people also create retablos which are painted plaster boxes that have Mary, Joseph, the Wisemen, and baby Jesus in the manger.
Christmas begins the same time as it does in the United States. The festividades last from Christmas Eve (December 24) to January 6.
During the Christmas holidays, the people in Bolivia eat picana, which is a soup made of chicken, beef, and corn. Along with picana, the people eat many salads, and fried pork which is known as lechon. Most people eat turkeys similar to the ones we eat at Thanksgiving. Tropical fruit is also eaten during the holiday, since it is one of the hottest times of the year in Bolivia.
In Bolivia, Christmas carols are sung through the holidays like they are sung in the United States. One of the most famous carols is Huachí toritó (Villancico), or Giddy-up, Little Bull.
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Dia de los Reyes, or Day of the Kings, is on January 6. The children in Bolivia write letters, and leave the letters in their shoes outside their house. As a result, the wisemen fill their shoes with candies, or pastries. Now, the exchanging of gifts is becoming more popular. On January 6, the familias take the baby Jesus from their natividad and take it to mass. The day is also known as Epiphany.
In Bolivia, Santa Claus is best known as Papa Noel, San Nicolas Viejito, or even Santa Claus (pronounced the same way as in the United States.) The most common term is Papa Noel