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Christmas traditions – What’s about latin ameriacns gifts giving

Christmas traditions – What’s about latin ameriacns gifts giving

Explore the facts on aspects of traditional christmas event celebrations and etiquette of gifting in latin american culture.

Christmas is around the corner and around the world people are getting ready to celebrate the biggest holiday of the year. Christmas in Latin America known as Las Posadas, Navidad and Dia de los Tres Reyes. When twinkling lights illuminate presents under the tree and carolers are singing with holiday cheer, that means only one thing, the christmas is here! The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, as we celebrate and exchange cultural traditions with one another. In Latin America, Christmas is celebrated with christmas gifts presenting, candles, sweet treats, services, and even fireworks.Throughout the season are a lot of bright flowers and brilliant nights. They celebrate with holiday foods, songs. Those songs and foods eaten are greatly influenced by the different indigenous people of the region but all share the strong Latin influence dating from the arrival of Roman Catholicism hundreds of year’s ago.

Hispanic christmas traditions

While most Americans will come together on Christmas Day to open presents and enjoy a turkey feast, Hispanic households will start rejoicing a day early with tamales or lechón.Latinos celebrate on Christmas Eve or Nochebuena. Traditions vary by country and region but three things are always present during the holiday, regardless of where you’re from: mouth-watering food, festive music, and good times with family and friends. Here’s a few highlights of what you’d see when celebrating the holidays with a Hispanic family.

latin american christmas gifting culture

Christmas gifts giving

Before Navidad, many Catholics celebrate the nine days leading up to Christmas with posadas, which means “inns”. Posadas are meant to simulate Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimage looking for shelter. People will go from house to house singing carols and inviting those inside to join the procession. The night ends at a host’s home where everyone enjoys a warm drink, food and games. Yet noone does Christmas quite like Latinos. While Americans have the greatest holiday spirit, nothing can match the incredible richness of Latin American Christmas traditions, infused as they are with a fascinating mix of indigenous culture and Christian celebrations. Drawn from countries across the continets, here are 5 Traditions Mexicans And Other LatinosCelebrate The Birth Of Jesus.

Pastorelas: These traditional reenactment plays happen across Latin America but particularly in Mexico and Brazil. The plays depict the birth of Christ including the shepherds, the three kings and the search for the manger. Often performed by children, the plays are performed in full costume and are often very elaborate. In Mexico the character of Satan is a particularly funny and important role.

Piñata: One of the most fun and recognized Mexican traditions is the piñata. Made out of paper mache or clay, these brightly colored objects are filled with candy and suspended from a rope. Children then take turns trying to break it and then get the candy inside! Children are often blindfolded and a traditional song is sung as they try to hit the piñata.

Mischievous Celebrations: Before the Elf on a Shelf there was Caganer, a traditional Catalan figurine. He’s often depicted as a peasant wearing a traditional red cap (the barretina) with his trousers down, showing off his bare bum. The most interesting part? The figuring is defecating! You can often find him hanging out in traditional nativity scenes. Joan Lliteras, a caganer connoisseur told BBC News that the figurine has been a feature of the Catalan nativity scenes for at least two centuries. “There was the legend that if a countryside man did not put a caganer in the nativity scene, he would have a very bad year collecting vegetables,” she said.

Origins of the Poinsettia: Did you know the most popular Christmas flower originated in Latin America? While he served as the U.S. Minster to Mexico, Dr. Joel Robert Poinsett first laid eyes on a gorgeous crimson flower. In Mexico, the natives called it the “Flor de Noche Buena.” He shipped back samples of the plant to his native U.S. in 1936. Americans took a liking to the flower and nicknamed it the “Poinsettia”, after the man who “discovered” it. The beautiful flower is now an ubiquitous symbol of the Christmas season in the United States.

Traditional preferences of christmas gift presenting

Traditioanl preferences relating to christmas gift giving latin american like brazil, chile, costa Rica, guatemala, and mexico is good in latin american culture. Christmas Gift giving, including wrapping and presentation, is a highly personalized and thoughtful gesture that borders on an art form. Experts confirmed the existence of an affective component and a social component to the gift giving experience. The most common affective components are appreciation, love and gratitude. The most common social components include celebration, commitment and thankfulness. While these components seem common to most cultures, the difference with Latin American consumers is their ability to translate those abstract emotions into a tangible, physical gift.While specifics vary from one country to another, one important finding is that the emotional and personal nature of gifts is prevalent for all situations. It does not matter if the gift-giving event is spontaneous or planned, informal or ceremonial, celebratory or obligatory.

Traditions of Christmas gifts

Christmas gifts and Presents and fireworks

In America, we traditionally associate firecrackers with the Fourth of July or New Years Eve…but not with Christmas. However, in parts of Latin America, specifically El Salvador, the whistling sound of ignited fireworks is a pleasant reminder that it’s Christmastime. Traditionally, during this time of the year, Salvadorian streets are littered with the paper remants of launched fireworks.

Christmas gifts to kids

Latin american people present gifts to their youngers and kids. There is a good way to present gifts. Children receive gifts on Christmas Day, and are also (sometimes) blindfolded and given a swing at a pinata. Once successfully broken, the children scramble to reap the sweets and small toys that fall out. Should the children behave extra good during the holiday season, they’ll also receive a bonus present on the 6th of January from the three wise men. At midnight they exchange gifts and words of affection. Attending mass during this time is also quite common.

Christmas gifts ideas for latin americans

latin american gift giving culture

latin american gift giving culture

Children receive gifts on Christmas Day, and are also (sometimes) blindfolded and given a swing at a pinata. Once successfully broken, the children scramble to reap the sweets and small toys that fall out. Should the children behave extra good during the holiday season, they’ll also receive a bonus present on the 6th of January from the three wise men. At midnight they exchange gifts and words of affection. Attending mass during this time is also quite common.

‘Tis the season! Everyone loves to throw around this holiday greeting, but what is it exactly the season for? Well, apparently shopping till you drop, wrapping excessive number of packages and giving gift cards instead of real presents. At Latin Times we are trying to change that, instead of giving impersonalized and standard gifts to all the amazing people in your life, we suggest that you take a minute to look through all the red tape and tinsel, and find a gift for loved ones and friends that actually mean something.

Christmas is quickly approaching and if you didn’t battle on Black Friday than we have the perfect gift ideas for all the lovely Latinos in your life. The holiday season is a time to give people gifts with meaning, so ‘latintimes’ have assembled items for both men and women that they will love and you will love to give them.

‘Latintimes’ arranged this gift guide to have a variety of prices, good gifts aren’t expensive gifts and vice versa, and also for all ages and sexes. From the Jennifer Lopez Barbie Doll to the Official World Cup Soccer Ball, you will be able to find the perfect token of love to give to anyone on your nice list. So click through the slide show above and of course don’t forget yourself during Christmas Day, maybe slip one of these great presents under the tree as a surprise from Santa for yourself! visit ‘latintimes.’

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