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Christmas Traditions in Peru
Christmas is celebrated all around the world. Each country has different customs and traditions. Learn about the Christmas traditions in Peru. Different countries celebrate in their own way including different dates, food, drinks which lead to a variety of diverse Christmas traditions around the World! This article features popular Peruvian Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in Peru. We have even included some useful facts and information about the country, the flag and even the language!

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Christmas Traditions in Peru
A tradition is a specific practice of long standing in which unwritten customs and practices are passed from one generation to the next. Traditions and customs form part of a country's culture and heritage. The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about customs and Christmas traditions in Peru:

  • Nativity scenes in the form of Retablos are very popular. The main focus is the presepio meaning "the manger" which is accompanied with small figures made to scale

  • Retablos are a folk art in the form of paintings on various materials which depict religious scenes and events. Retablos came to the New World as small painted portable altars. These and painted  Nativity scenes were used by the early priests to convert the Indigenous population.

  • Manger scenes in Peru are often carved from wood by the Quechua Indians

  • Noche Buena meaning the "Good Night" is when Santa Claus, or Nino Jesus, comes to fill the stockings of children who have placed them near the manger scene.

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Christmas Traditions in Peru - The Food!
What do people eat in other countries at this special time of the year? Festive feasts and recipes are traditional for special occasions including family dinners and meals. Interesting facts about the special food eaten as part of the customs and Christmas traditions in Peru:

  • A typical Christmas dinner in Peru would be turkey which is served with various salads

  • Tamales are also a favorite festive dish which consist of a steam-cooked corn dough

  • Tamales can be filled with meats, cheese  and sliced chilli peppers

  • A fruit cake is a traditional dessert

  • Epiphany (6 January) marks the end of the festivities in Peru. Rosca de Reyes, or the King's Ring is served which is a round sweet bread decorated with candied fruit to look like the crown of a king. A small figure of the infant Jesus is hidden in the cake - whoever finds the figure is blessed

Peruvian Christmas Vocabulary
How do you say Merry Christmas in Peru? If you have friends or family who live, or have ties with, a different country it is a nice gesture to add a seasons greetings in the language of the country. A practical addition to learning about Christmas traditions in Peru:

  • How do you say Merry Christmas in Peruvian? "Feliz Navidad!"
  • What is the name for Santa Claus? Papa Noel or Nino Jesus

Facts and Information about Peru
Learn a little about the country of Peru, as well as its Christmas traditions! The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about Peru:

  • Location: Western South America, bordering the South Pacific Ocean, between Chile and Ecuador
  • Land Size of Peru : 1.28 million sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Peru : varies from tropical in east to dry desert in west; temperate to frigid in Andes
  • Capital City of Peru : Lima
  • Currency of Peru : nuevo sol (PEN)

Facts and Information about the Peruvian Flag
Facts and info about the flag of Peru:

  • The flag of Peru is described as: Three equal, vertical bands of red, white and red with the Peruvian coat of arms. The coat of arms features a shield with the image of a vicuna which is llama-like mammal, a cinchona tree (the source of quinine) and a yellow cornucopia spilling out gold coins

Christmas Traditions in Peru
This article provides an overview of the country and the different Christmas traditions in Peru. Lots of free, facts and information for kids, children and teachers! Popular Peruvian Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in Peru.


 

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