Guest Post: Peruvian Christmas by Ms. Dickerson’s Class
Peru is a country in South America.
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
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
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!)