Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba is an island country location in the Caribbean region. The nation of Cuba consists of the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos. Havana is the capital of Cuba and its largest city, followed by Santiago de Cuba.
To the north of Cuba lies the United States and the Bahamas, Mexico is to the west, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica are to the south, and Haiti and the Dominican Republic are to the southeast.
Christmas Celebratons in Cuba :
Cubans celebrate Christmas with much enthusiasm and revelry. Gifts are a major highlight of Christmas celebrations in Cuba. Since the occasion signifies spreading love and happiness among fellow human beings, gifts are an inseperable part of the festivities.
Many Cubans attend Midnight Mass. A large Mass is now held in Havana’s Revolution Square. Thousands of Cubans worship at midnight Masses, as church bells ring out across Havana at the stroke of the midnight hour signifying the transition from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day.
Public places are traditionally decorated with Christmas trees, lights, decorations, etc. Houses are beautifully decorated for Christmas. Dazzling lights, beautiful Christmas tree, balloons, gifts, toys, bells, stars are the major components of Christmas celebrations. Noche Buena meaning the “Good Night” is when Santa Claus (Papa Noel or Nino Jesus) comes to fill the stockings of children who have placed them near the manger scene.
A typical Christmas dinner in Cuba would consist of a pit-roasted whole pig flavored with mojo. In Cuban cooking mojo applies to any sauce that is made with garlic, olive oil and a citrus juice, traditionally sour orange juice and this used as a sauce and a marinade. Yucca (similar to potato), rice and black beans. Plantains also accompany the feast. Platanos Maduros are a delicacy in Cuba and made from plantains (large banana-like fruit) Desserts included flans, turrones, nuts and dates. Turron is a nougat desert made of honey, sugar and egg white which is topped with toasted almonds and popular throughout Latin America
After Christmas, on the morning of January 6th also the Three Kings, los Reyes Magos, also bring gifts for the children.
People in Cuba wish each other Merry Christmas by saying “Feliz Navidad…!”
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!