Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Traditions in Peru

Don't expect snow for Christmas in Peru! It'll be a green Christmas here. That doesn't stop Peruvians from drinking hot chocolate and eating paneton even though it's summer time. If you want to make traditional Peruvian hot chocolate, you'll have to use solid chocolate and add spices like cinnamon and cloves.

Some people may attend mass around 10pm on Christmas Eve, which is called Noche Buena. The main event happens on Christmas Eve at midnight when the family gathers around the table and has a feast, often with homemade tamales.

Gifts are traditionally given to children, but that doesn't stop the whole family from celebrating. If you're in the Andean, gifts aren't exchanged until January 6th, which is the Epiphany and they're brought by the Three Wise Men, not Santa Claus. Christmas trees are fake and can range from gaudy to normal. You'll certainly see it all in Peru!

Want to learn more about Christmas traditions in Peru? Check out these links!


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