Holiday Celebrations Worldwide

Happy Holidays in Spanish to Everyone from Kasa de Franko! The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, marked by a myriad of cultural festivities around the globe. From traditional observances to unique customs, this time brings communities together in various ways.

This is also the perfect time to embrace our differences. Yes, embracing means that we celebrate diversity and understand that not everyone celebrate the same holiday during this season.

However, in the end, we all celebrate family unity, love, and togetherness regardless of the specific holiday traditions we follow. It’s a beautiful reflection of our shared humanity and the values we hold dear.

Family Christmas Holiday

Embracing Different Traditions

Around the world, people of all cultures celebrate this season in a wide variety of ways. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, some celebrate the return of the Sun at Winter Solstice.

Keep in mind that it is summer in the Southern hemisphere, so although countries like Peru have Winter Solstice festivals, they are held in June, rather than December.

Summer in Christmas

Colorful Fiestas

Still, December is a glorious time to visit places such as Mexico, Peru, or Argentina, as celebrations abound and food and festivities are everywhere.

Pesebres, or nativity scenes, are in homes, business, parks, public places and churches. Church processions and carol-singing services are a daily occurrence.

Delicious foods are everywhere, including the ever-popular fruitcake, Pannetone. (It is so common there, people may forget it’s Italian in origin!)

Vibrant Celebrations!

In Mexico, Guatemala, and other places in Central America, many celebrate Las Posadas, commemorating Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. . In Venezuela, they call it parrandas and in Peru carol-singing services are called los pasterores.

Unlike Mary and Joseph, everyone finds room to visit each other, eat delicious traditional foods, and sing carols.

Las Posadas usually begins on December 16 and ends on Christmas Eve, when the celebration of La Nochebuena begins.

La Tamalada de Nochebuena!

On La Nochebuena (“the Holy Night”), Catholic families will eat a late meal before attending la Misa de Gallo, or Midnight Mass. The service is often so long and elaborate that it doesn’t end until “el Gallo” (the rooster) crows (That’s a lot of church!)

During the day, Mexican families gather for a “tamalada” or multi-generational tamale making session. In fact, some people refer to this time of year as “tamale season,” (although tamales are delicious all year long!)

Santuranticuy Festival!

In Cusco, at the Santuranticuy Festival, hundreds of artisans sell traditional carved Nativity figures and saints’ in the Plaza de Armas. In big cities such as Lima, Peru or Buenos Aires, Argentina, there are huge fireworks displays at midnight and the sky is lit up in celebration.

On La Navidad, or Christmas Day, folks sleepy after their all-night churchgoing may spend a relaxing day chilling with family and left-overs. Although some families exchange gifts on this day, many save their gift exchange until La Epifanía, the famous “12th Day of Christmas.”

La Epifanía

La Epifanía (Epiphany, January 6) celebrates the Three Wise Men’s visitation of the Holy Family (El Día de los Reyes Magos.) In many areas, Epiphany is even a larger celebration than Christmas Day, when children receive gifts from the Three Wise Men, left in or near their carefully laid-out shoes.

Families again celebrate with music, family and food, and the reverent taking down of decorations, putting them away until the following year.

Appreciating Cultural Heritage

Although many of us here do not celebrate so religiously (pun intended) the rich cultural traditions of our Spanish-speaking neighbors to the South are a delight to experience.

However you celebrate this season, we at Kasa de Franko wish you happy times with friends and loved ones. We thank you for being part of our family and hope to see more of you in the New Year.

December Epitomize Love & Giving!

Whether it’s the Winter Solstice celebrations symbolizing the return of light, the Hanukkah observances representing faith and perseverance, or the widely recognized Christmas festivities epitomizing love and giving, each tradition carries its unique significance.

In Spanish-speaking regions, December is a tapestry of religious and cultural celebrations, showcasing rich traditions like Las Posadas, La Nochebuena, and La Epifanía.

Despite the diversity in how we celebrate, this season unites us in the spirit of goodwill and kinship, fostering a sense of belonging and connection among us all. That´s why, from Kasa De Franko, we wish Happy Holidays in Spanish to Everyone!

Are you curious now to learn more about the Spanish culture? Why not going for more and discover the richness of Latino culture?

Wanna Learn More?

Interested in exploring more intriguing stories? Eager to uncover enticing vocabulary, captivating folktales, and language nuances that can add vibrancy to your conversations?

Visit our Kasa De Franko’s Blog. Delve into our captivating series, ‘Things Spanish People Say in the Bedroom,’ filled with romantic phrases for use with your partner (or partners).

For further enthralling folktales akin to ‘El Chupacabras,’ explore ‘La Llorona’ & ‘La Santa Muerte.’ And for those seeking humorous language quirks, delve into ‘Me gusta la chucha de tu madre’ & ‘Can I molestate you?’

However, remember, delving into Spanish isn’t merely about encountering seductive creatures like La Santa Muerte, La Llorona, or cozying up to el Chupacabras. Embrace the cultural richness, and you’ll discover it to be a deeply enriching experience! Now, are you ready for a complimentary journey during this Christmas season?

Free Spanish Lessons for Holidays!

One more time: Happy Holidays in Spanish to Everyone! Let’s Celebrate, in Spanish, love, unity and giving. Giving is also Kasa De Franko’s Mission as we love to share our culture and give our clients and friends the gift of bilingualism.

That’s why during this holiday’s season, we are giving away Free Spanish Lessons. ¡Feliz Navidad y un próspero año nuevo! (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s). And don’t forget: Bendito Solsticio! & Feliz Hanukkah!

Red means free: Click on the red button to get your holiday’s gift! And always remember….

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