* A Costarican Christmas*

By Taliah Adams


The family Traditions

The first Christmas in Costa Rica was declared a national holiday in 1606. The 9 days before Christmas are called Posada . Within these days the family gathers different decorations to decorate the living room. Much like the american culture except they use grass , plants , branches , etc instead of lights , mistletoe , and ornaments. Christmas is "christ" based. Costa ricans use mangers , mary , joseph , the three kings , etc as Christmas icons. The tree is placed in there home a few days before , and is esentially white. Instead of using stockings for Santa , kids leave their shoes by the tree the night before for the " christ child " to fill them with goodies. They are normally asked christmas morning " What did the baby bring you ".  Typically the christmas eve dinner is usually held late at night. It takes alot of preparation for this feast.  Many costaricans prepare almost a week in advance to be ready the day of Christmas. To end the holiday season in january they have what is called an epiphany.

Festivities:
Costa Rica has many festivals and parades to celebrate the holiday season

- One of the main festivities costa ricans enjoy is the Toros a laTicia Bull Fights. This is when a group of men are put in an arena and try to make a bull scared into chasing them.

- La Yeguita Fiesta is a festival or parade where everyone gathers and normally in the beginning of December to celebrate the virgin of guataloupe

- Los Negritos Fiesta is another festival including the catholic rituals

- Caroling

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2 years ago
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Good details and pictures Taliah.