December 24, 2011 - Christmas Eve / Nochebuena

Many people around the world celebrate Christmas Eve tonight, and many different cultures have different traditions.

In Spain, Christmas Eve is called la Nochebuena. After a Christmas mass, Spanish families gather for dinner that often starts with a seafood dish, includes hot homemade soup, and finishes off with turron for dessert (a cake made of nougat and nuts).

Cuba Cuban families in Cuba and the U.S. often roast an entire pig for the Nochebuena feast, and dominos is the traditional game.

Filipino families also serve pig roast, often, along with sweet style spaghetti, fruit salad, rice, fried chicken, and many other meat and side dishes. Drinks include hot chocolate, coffee, soda, wine, beer, and fruit juice!

In New Mexico, la Nochebuena is celebrated by lighting luminaries and farolitos. These small paper lanterns light up the night along walkways and walls.

In Mexico and other Latin American nations, Nochebuena is the last night of las Posadas. Here is a video that explains some of the customs. (Click on the preview.)


I love the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's “Christmas Eve / Sarajevo” music video. 
And here is the same song done in “dancing” Christmas lights. Bravo! 

For more on Christmas Eve...
Check out this and that other earlier post. In both cases, you will need to scroll down. 

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