Christmas in Venezuela is one of the most colorful in Latin America and the whole world! Fireworks shows are very popular.
A little traditional Christmas music in Venezuela is the music ‘Gaita’. This is a type of folk music of the Zulia state. It is played on several instruments, including the ‘Cuatro’ (a guitar with four strings), a ‘Tambora’ (a Venezuelan drum), the ‘Furro’ (a type of drum but has a stick that climbs through the middle of the skin). of the drum – this can make it have some different sounds) and the ‘Charrasca’ (a fluted tube that you rub a stick up and down). The singers are known as ‘Pipers’. Another type of music in Venezuela is called ‘Aguinaldos y Parrandas’. This style is also popular at Christmas because the songs are like Christmas carols.
Some houses will have a Christmas tree, but they are usually artificial, since pines and firs are not common in Venezuela. The birth scenes (Nativity) are very popular and in some regions are more common than Christmas trees.
Going to Midnight Mass (Masas de Aguinaldo) is very popular and there are many other Masses and religious services in the days leading up to Christmas. In Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, there is a tradition of skating on wheels to the religious services of the dawn from December 16 to 24. Roads are often closed to traffic at 8:00 am to make skating safe.
Traditional Venezuelan Christmas foods include ‘Hallacas’, a mixture of beef, pork, chicken, capers, raisins and olives that are wrapped in corn and banana leaves and tied with string in a package and then boiled or mixed. steamed; Ham Bread – a type of bread made with puff pastry, stuffed with ham, raisins, olives and bacon and shaped like a ‘Swiss roll’. Chicken and pork salad (one leg of pork).
Some people also celebrate Santa Barbara’s day on December 4. The real Christmas celebrations begin on December 21st. Another important day is Epiphany or ‘The Day of the Magi’ (the day of The Three Kings) on January 6.
The main gifts are given at midnight on Christmas Eve. In Venezuela the gifts are brought by ‘San Nicolás’ (San Nicolás) and ‘Niño Jesús’ (Niño Jesús).
It was also a tradition that people painted their houses two to four weeks before Christmas, so everything was beautiful and smart and ready to be decorated for Christmas. Many people have new clothes for Christmas and New Year. Many people believe that if you wear yellow on New Year’s Eve, you will have good luck next year.