Guest Post: Peruvian Christmas by Ms. Dickerson’s Class

Peru is a country in South America.peru_map

Our class is doing a project on how they celebrate Christmas in Peru.

Christmas Eve is very important in  Peru,  or as they call it Noche Buena, which  means “Good Night” in Spanish. On Christmas Eve, the 24th of December the families get together late at night. The Christmas holiday in Peru is very much for children. Traditional Christmas dinner includes Pavo ( which means turkey in Spanish) and apple sauce.

If you get invited to a Christmas Dinner, a traditional gift to bring to dinner is Paneton which is a tall bread like cake.

Children in Peru receive gifts from Santa Claus who dresses in his usual red fur coat, even though it is summer in Peru in December and much to warm for Santa’s heavy coat.

In Peru at Christmas the Nativity scene is very popular, they use altars called Retablos

peru-retablo which are boxes with statues of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. People crowd around them at Christmas time to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

At midnight in Peru on Christmas Eve the families fire off fireworks

fireworks like we do on the Fourth of July.

After midnight, children are supposed to go to bed. This is when the Christmas for the grown ups begins. Families have big parties in their own houses. A living and dinning room will typically become the dance floor. A good salsa song is always welcome. This is the adult Christmas party.

These tonos, or house parties, may last until 5:00 AM or even 6:00 AM, the summer season and warm temperatures make it a party atmosphere.


We hope you have a ¡Feliz Navidad y un prospero año nuevo! (Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!)

9 responses

  1. Kristy Rosen

    Great job!!!
    I can’t wait to see your presentation of Peru on December 23!!!!

    December 9, 2008 at 1:20 pm

  2. Ilene Goldstein-Harnett

    Hello Ms. Dickerson’s class,
    I enjoyed learning how to celebrate Christmas in Peru. People really LOVE to have a good time in Peru. Feliz Navidad!!!

    December 9, 2008 at 2:58 pm

  3. Kirsten Rorke

    Hi! I have always been fascinated by Machu Picchu. Your class report on Peru really piqued my interest. Thank you for teaching me about the events in a Peruvian Christmas!

    December 9, 2008 at 9:24 pm

  4. Christmas in Peru sounds like so much fun. Your presentation was wonderful!

    December 10, 2008 at 9:19 am

  5. Great information. We love learning about all the different countries and the customs that they follow to celebrate the holidays!!

    Class X03

    December 10, 2008 at 12:43 pm

  6. Ms. Cunningham

    Great Job guys! I can’t wait to see your presentation on the 23rd! Keep up the great work!!!!

    December 10, 2008 at 1:14 pm

  7. Delicia McEvilly

    Wow!!! What a great job you are doing on traditions in Peru. I guess I’ll be seeing all of you on the 23rd to watch your presentation. I learned some new things about Christmas in Peru. I think I’d love to attend one of the tonos at someone’s home. It sounds like so much fun! Thank you for your hard work. 🙂

    December 10, 2008 at 11:55 pm

  8. Ilene Lazerus

    Iloved this project– great job. I especially liked the fireworks picture. Feliz navidad y un prospeor ano nuevo!

    December 11, 2008 at 12:06 pm

  9. 373rsunnyside

    We enjoyed learning all about Peru. We think the retablos is beautiful. We all loved the fireworks picture. What a great way to celebrate the Holidays.

    Thank you for all of your very interesting facts and Happy Holidays from the students at Sunnyside.

    December 22, 2008 at 12:35 am

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