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Christmas Traditions in Puerto Rico
Christmas is celebrated all around the world. Each country has different customs and traditions. Learn about the Christmas traditions in Puerto Rico. 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 Puerto-Rican Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in Puerto Rico. 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 Puerto Rico
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 Puerto Rico:

  • Navidad Puertorriquena, or Christmas in Puerto Rico, begin with the parrandas - a traditional carnival-like street party a traditional carnival-like street party. Floats are displayed in processions and there are massive firework displays

  • Carol singers are known as trullas

  • On the nine days before Christmas Eve, people attend a special Mass before sunrise called Misa de Aguinal

  • On Christmas Eve, Nochebuena meaning "Good Night" is celebrated with a Midnight Mass

  • On December 25 gifts are given

  • On New Years’ Eve, El Dia de Año Viejo meaning Old Year’s Day is celebrated with noisy festive parties and celebrations

  • Feliz Año Nuevo! Means Happy New Year!

  • Puerto-Rican Christmas traditions and customs

Christmas Traditions in Puerto Rico - 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 Puerto Rico:

  • A feast of lechon asado consisting of a pig roasted on a spit is one of the most popular Christmas dishes. It is accompanied by mojo and arroz con gandules which is rice cooked with peas and small pies called pasteles or  a type of sausage called a morcillas

  • In Puerto Rico mojo is a herb sauce of finely chopped cilantro or parsley with salt lots of crushed garlic olive oil, onions, vinegar and lemon

  • For a festive dessert Tembleque, a coconut pudding is served which is also popular in the Dominican Republic

  • Turron is a nougat desert made of honey, sugar and egg white which is topped with toasted almonds

Puerto-Rican Christmas Vocabulary
How do you say Merry Christmas in Puerto Rico? 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 Puerto Rico:

  • How do you say Merry Christmas in Puerto-Rican? "Feliz Navidad, Felicidades or Felices Pascuas!"
  • What is the name for Santa Claus? Papa Noel

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

  • Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic
  • Land Size of Puerto Rica : 8,959 sq km
  • Climate / Weather of Puerto Rica : tropical marine, mild; little seasonal temperature variation
  • Puerto Rican Capital City: San Juan
  • Puerto Rican Currency : US dollar (USD)

Facts and Information about the Puerto-Rican Flag
Facts and info about the flag of Puerto Rico:

  • The flag of Puerto Rico is described as: Five equal horizontal bands of red alternating with white with a blue isosceles triangle bearing a large, white, five-pointed star in the center. The design initially influenced by the US flag, but similar to the Cuban flag, with the colors of the bands and triangle reversed

  • The history of the Puerto-Rican flag: The Puerto Rican flag was adopted in July 25, 1952

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


 

Christmas Traditions in Puerto Rico

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  • Interesting Facts and Info about Puerto Rico - including the Flag of Puerto Rico
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Christmas Traditions in Puerto Rico

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