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Christmas traditions in Paraguay
Transcript of Christmas traditions in Paraguay
Christmas in the U.S. is typically celebrated by decorating Christmas trees, wrapping presents and gifts, hanging stockings for our Santa Claus to fill, singing Christmas carols and feasting with family and friends.
In America, we have an umbrella of tradition. we celebrate only one day of December as Christmas, with the exception of Christmas eve preparations for Santa Claus, we believe in reindeer, elfs, Mrs. Claus, the north pole, and many other Christmas symbols that complete the American Christmas!
Celebrating Christmas in Paraguay is similar to how we celebrate Christmas in the U.S. in the fact that both countries decorate with lights and ornaments, they also feast with family and friends and open presents.
In Paraguay they also have a form of Santa Claus, but he is called Papa Noel.
Paraguay is overwhelmingly roman catholic, there are also protestant influences and small groups of Buddhist and jewish faiths.
The country of Paraguay focuses mainly on the birth and teachings of Jesus Christ, all churches are decorated with lights and huge multicolored ornaments, parks and town squares are decorated with big stars, Santa Clauses and other lights. December being the summer season of South America, Christmas in Paraguay is celebrated with the bright colored flowers that grow during the season. In every home there is a nativity scene or a "pesebre". on Christmas eve there is a midnight mass in all the churches. The church bells summon the people for the midnight mass for La Misa Del Gallo or he mass of the rooster, After the mass Christmas dinner is consumed and presents are opened.
December 8th is when Christmas preparations actually start in Paraguay, December 8th is called the celebration of Caacupe Virgin Holiday. On January 6th, the feast of Epiphany is held and the three kings brings gifts for children. on the night before Epiphany, children set out shoes with letters to the three kings, almost in the way we set out cookies and milk for Santa Claus.