Colombia

Christmas in Colombia

Traditions

Christmas in Colombia is a very religious event also mixed with lots of parties, which are common in Hispanic culture. Colombians begin decorating for Christmas on December 1st, which includes setting up the nativity, the Christmas tree, red and white candles, angels, and lights that are displayed in the windows of their home. Christmas starts on December 7th by celebrating the day of "La Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepcion" (The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception). This day is known as "El Dia de las Velitas" (the day of candles). They start at dusk by lighting the candles on a long piece of wood board to make infinite lines that illuminate the front of homes. This day isn't complete until they mix in dancing, music, food, and drinks.

They are deeply rooted in Catholic tradition, so the novena is a must. On December 16th all of the family members reunite with their family and each night until December 24th to pray the novena. "La Novena de Aguinaldos" is a special occasion to get closer to unify faith by remembering the birth of Jesus Christ. Each night after they pray they sing Spanish Christmas Carols.

Children play a big role in the Colombian Christmas. They write a letter to baby Jesus and put it in the Nativity from where it mysteriously gets taken. They are told that baby Jesus takes it so that he will know what presents that he should bring them. They children also take a huge part in the gift giving process. They parents buy presents and the children help wrap them to deliver at the corner to the less fortunate. Then the children stay up late expecting to see baby Jesus deliver presents. By midnight the younger children fall asleep and the older ones play games like finding baby Jesus with money that one of the adults had hid from them previously.

Food is a big part of everything in the Colombian culture. They do everything with food; as well as dance, drinks, and music. There are over 1,000 recipes that the Colombians have. One recipe is Salchichas en Coca-Cola (Hotdogs in Coke). These are very simple to make and are a great snack. You also have great sweet taste like Strawberry Soup and Strawberry Crisp.

Weather

Its temperature varies little throughout the year. The temperature does change with altitude, creating various climatic zones from hot lowlands to freezing Andean peaks, so you can experience completely different climates within a couple of hours of travel.

Colombian Weather Map

Religious Activites

Ninety-five percent of the people consider themselves members of the Roman Catholic Church Priests in churches perform most Catholic sacraments. The rite of baptism is the sacramental entry into Christian life, and communion is a memorial of Christ's death and resurrection..

Church in Bogota, Colombia

Interesting Facts

Experts believe that 3000 out of the 14000 spices of butterflies are found in Colombia.

Colombia is the only country in South America that has access to both the Pacific and Caribbean ocean.

In 1975, Colombian women were given the right to vote.

The official language is Spanish, but there is other 64 Native tongues still in use.

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