Argentina officially known as the Argentine Republic, is the second largest country in both South America and the Latin America region with city of Buenos Aires, its capital and largest city. It is the eighth-largest country in the world by land area and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations by geographical area. Argentina is bordered by Chile to the west and south, Bolivia and Paraguay to the north and Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
Christmas Celebrations in Argentina :
When we talk about festivals of Christmas, it is celebrated all around the world the only difference is the way celebration as each country has different customs and traditions. Christmas is a deeply religious holiday in Argentina. They call it “La Navidad”
Christmas in Argentina is not with snow as the weather is warm during the festival but the people in this are equally excited about arrival of the festival and therefore the preparations for Christmas begin very early in December and even November. House are beautifully decorated with lights and wreaths of green, gold, red and white flowers. Red and white garlands are hung on the doors of houses. Christmas Trees are also very popular and they are often decorated by 8th December. Many people in Argentina are Catholic and so also celebrate Advent and an elaborate Nativity scene or ‘pesebre’ is also an important Christmas decoration in Argentina.
Papa Noel El Nino Jesus, “the infant Jesus.” Santo Clós (Santa Claus) – Niño Dios – Los Reyes Magos (“The Wise Men”) or more commonly known as our very own Santa delivers gifts but also on the morning of January 6th the Three Kings, los Reyes Magos, also bring gifts for the children. Shoes are filled with straw or barley for the camels that must carry their riders to deliver the gifts. In the morning the food is gone and gifts are left.
People go to the church with family, then come back to a family gathering. At midnight after eating they toast, then the adults’ dance while younger people go out to see the fireworks. After this they go to sleep, but not before they open the presents under the Christmas tree. That day is very special for because they are Christian and celebrate Jesus’ birth on the 24th of December. Some people stay awake all the night chatting and seeing friends and family and then spend most of Christmas Day sleeping! Some people like to go to midnight services. Another Christmas Eve night tradition are ‘globos’, paper decorations with a light inside that float into the sky. The sky is filled with them on Christmas Eve after midnight.
The main Christmas meal is eaten during the evening of Christmas Eve. It might be served in the garden or be a barbecue! The most traditional dish is grilled meat prepared as “parrillada” an equivalent to a barbeque. Beef is especially popular. Some popular dishes include roasted turkey and pork, stuffed tomatoes, suckling pig and Christmas bread and puddings like ‘Pan Dulce’ and Panetone, Turron, Ninos envuettas and a great variety of meals. Then the table is covered with sweet things, cider, beer, and juice for consuming while waiting for the time of the toast. The toast: drink prepared with different kinds of fruit which is cut into pieces, then it is mixed with juice and cider.
Although Christmas celebrations take place in entire Argentina, the celebrations are grand in populous cities in the country like – Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Rosario, Mendoza, San Miguel de Tucumán, La Plata, Mar del Plata, Salta, Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz, San Juan, etc.
In Argentina the main language spoken is Spanish, so Merry Christmas is ‘Feliz Navidad’.
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