Christmas in Peru : Christmas Eve Celebrations in Peru

Peru officially the Republic of Peru is a country located in western South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean.

The Capital and largest city of this country is Lima.

Christmas in Peru

Christmas Celebrations in Peru : 

Christmas celebrations in Peru are a combination of traditions brought over from Spain and the traditions of the native American experience. Homes and churches are decorated with Christmas colors, bows and wreaths and the open air Christmas markets are bustling with venders and customers shopping. It is very uncommon for stores to be open on Christmas Day and it’s important to plan ahead and get any necessities in advance.

Manger scenes in Peru are often carved from wood or soapstone by the Quechua Indians. The three kings arrive with a train of llamas and you will also find local characters such as the jasmine vender, the tamale vender, the baker, the ice-cream man, the ironer of the Child’s diapers.

Christmas in Peru

Noche Buena is the “Good Night” when Santa comes to fill the stockings that have been placed by the children near the manger scene. When the family returns from Midnight Mass. The Christmas dinner in most Peruvian households features turkey as the main dish with a variety of salads along with the ever-popular tamales, salads, applesauce and a sweet bread called Panettone. Fruit cake is served for dessert. The hot chocolate is usually made from scratch from melted rich dark chocolate, cinnamon and cloves.

Christmas Day festivities in Lima are highlighted by a bullfight and a procession with the statue of the Virgin Mary. The parties, dances, and processions continue throughout Peru until January 6 when they celebrate the Epiphany with Rosca de Reyes, or the King’s Ring.

A distinct aspect of Christmas in Peru is the “chocolatada” where better off people or organisations offer a bit of Christmas cheer to poor children or pensioners. A chocolatada is often organised by churches, businesses or shops and are characterised by giving a cup of hot chocolate, some bread or biscocho (a sweet bread with dried fruits inside), some sweets or maybe a toy.

Christmas Celebrations are grand in Big cities of Peru like Capital city of Lima, Arequipa, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Piura, Iquitos, Cusco, Huancayo, Chimbote, Pucallpa, Tacna, Ica, Juliaca, etc.

Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!