Christmas in El Salvador

December 26, 2021

Christmas celebrations are a significant part of the country’s culture and history passed on from generations. Christmas in El Salvador is a holiday full of customs and traditions. Salvadorans celebrate Christmas on the 24th at midnight. Therefore, taking a trip to the beach on the 25th is a popular tradition for Salvadorans.

Traditional foods prepared for Christmas are Tamales, Pan con Pollo (bread with chicken) and Quesadillas. Let’s not forget the Pupusas, Leah loves Pupusas. We must visit the family in different homes. Some will over feed you.

Our family parties are fun and very load. One of our silly songs is “La Bala”, which it brings a big crowd of people to the dance floor and we will do as the song says. We will see the little ones to the oldest doing the best dance moves.

Wearing something new for Christmas is a sign of good luck for the New Year.

We always have one person calling out the names to pass the presents. While the kids are opening the gifts the adults are chatting, laughing and dancing or setting up the fireworks.

At twelve o’clock mid-night (12/25) family members will give you a warm hug and a big kiss. The celebration continues (for the adults).
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

The Benitez
(Edenilson, Krissia, Leah and Adam)
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