What’s Christmas like in Chile? Asides from being boiling hot? Here are some Christmas facts… Let’s go:
- Christmas is celebrated on the night of 24th December.
- Christmas decorations are still focused on the cold; snowmen, snowflakes and children in hat and scarves can be seen everywhere. Despite the fact that outside will be more than 30 degrees!!
- Chileans have one day of holiday for Christmas; 25th December.
- Christmas dinner is eaten in the evening, and some families even eat at 1am if they go to midnight mass.
- Pan de Pascua (Christmas cake) is eaten throughout the month of December and is made up of fruits, raisins, almonds and walnuts. Pan de Pascua was actually introduced to Chile by German immigrants.
- Very few people send Christmas cards in Chile, that’s definitely an English tradition that I miss.
- Presents are opened at midnight on 24th December.
- A typical drink for Christmas time is cola de mono which means monkey tail. It’s a refreshing drink made from milk, sugar, coffee, cloves and a spirit called aguardiente.
And what about new year’s eve?
- Women wear yellow underwear on new year’s eve to bring them luck throughout the new year. All the markets on the week before new year are full of yellow underwear!
- If you are hoping to travel in the next year, you carry a suitcase around the block.
- Chileans eat twelve grapes just before the clock chimes midnight.
- Lentils can also be eaten before midnight in the hope that this will bring great things for the year ahead.
Do you have any of these traditions?