Christmas Traditions of Argentina
Celebrating Christmas in Argentina includes a convergence of European, American and Hispanic conventions. It is a season for religious celebrations as well as to enjoy gatherings with family and friends. From Europe and America, the to the traditions of Christmas in Argentina include the Christmas Tree, red and white flowers, and the boots of Father Christmas. People even go to the extent of putting cotton on and around Xmas trees and the manger to simulate snow. The decorations on the Christmas tree are meant to produce a spectacular effect through candles or electric lights and other ornaments. Gifts surround the foot of the tree, while a figure of a star or Father Christmas is traditionally placed on top. People listen to carols and Christmas music all season long
In Capiovi, there is a special celebration where they decorate the streets for 60 full days, and each weekend hosts a Christmas themed stage play at the Plaza Los Pioneros.
Christmas Eve is a separate celebration in Argentina, as much as Christmas Day itself. On this day, the family and relatives enjoy a dinner of traditional meals of steak, turkey, pork, pies, bread and puddings. Favorite drinks are fruit juice, cider, beer, and champagne. The children open the gifts exchanged at midnight. Children go to sleep or watch the fireworks display. The adults chat, play, or continue with barbecue or picnic when the weather is fair. Love overflows on Xmas Eve among relatives, and Christmas Day is celebrated among friends. Devout Christians, meanwhile, attend church services.
As it is very warm during Christmas in Argentina, people might attend banquets, and picnics on Christmas Day. The season is generally warm, so iced beverages are often consumed to keep cool. The dinner is sometimes served in the garden with roast pig or a peacock as the main meal displayed. Like the rest of the Hispanic world, the Christmas traditions of Argentina are spent much on religious services and carols. The Catholic population celebrates the season from Advent up to the Baptism of Jesus. New Year’s Day is a more secular portion of Argentina’s Christmas Traditions, with some traces of superstition and prophesying. Many go to swimming pools, rivers, lakes, and beaches to keep cool., and
For Merry Christmas in Argentina you would say “Feliz Navidad!” (it’s Spanish, learn ‘Merry Christmas’ in other Languages too), and they call Santa Claus “” (see all the Names for Santa Around the World)
Christmas in Argentina is part of our Christmas Around the World series.
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