Venezuela officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a country on the northern coast of South America. The Capital and largest city of this country is Caracas.
Christmas Celebrations in Venezuela :
In Venezuela, Christmas is celebrated as a religious occasion. The unofficial start of the Christmas festivities is after the celebrations of “Feria de la Chinita”, second half of November. The origin of this festival is the cult to Virgin Mary of Chiquinquirá, when various religious activities, processions, and music in the typical “Gaita style” to honor “La Chinita”. This event takes place in the Zulia Region, specifically in Maracaibo.
In Venezuela on December 16th families bring out their pesebres which is a specially designed and thought out depiction of the nativity scene. The real Christmas celebrations start on December 21st. Venezuelans attend a daily early morning church service between December 16th and 24th alled Misa de Aguinaldo (“Early Morning Mass.”)
It was also a tradition for people to paint their houses two to four weeks before Christmas, so it was all nice and smart and ready to be decorated for Christmas. Many people have new clothes for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Going to Midnight Mass (Misas de Aguinaldo) is very popular and there many other masses and church services in the days before Christmas.
Traditional Venezuelan Christmas foods include ‘Hallacas’ – a mixture of beef, pork, chicken, capers, raisins, and olives that is wrapped in maize and plantain leaves and tied up with string into a parcel and then boiled or steamed afterwards; the Pan de Jamón – a type of bread that’s made with puff pastry, filled up with ham, raisins, olives and bacon and shaped like a ‘swiss roll’! Chicken Salad and Pernil (a leg of pork).
In Venezuela Santa is ‘San Nicolás’ (St. Nicholas) & ‘Niño Jesús’ (Baby Jesus).
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