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ASÍ ES NUESTRA NAVIDAD. PUERTO RICAN HOLIDAY TRADITIONS. PARRANDAS ASALTOS/TRULLAS CHRISTMAS CAROLING. Right after thanksgiving people start to celebrate Christmas by singing agüinaldos and giving each other parrandas.

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As es nuestra navidad

ASÍ ES NUESTRA NAVIDAD

PUERTO RICAN HOLIDAY TRADITIONS


Parrandas asaltos trullas christmas caroling

PARRANDASASALTOS/TRULLASCHRISTMAS CAROLING

  • Right after thanksgiving people start to celebrate Christmas by singing agüinaldos and giving each other parrandas.

  • Parrandas are given by friends and family and usually they get together in the evening and go house to house singing agüinaldos.

  • The parranderos play the cuatro, the güirros and the maracas.

  • Parrandas last till mid-January.


Noche buena christmas eve

NOCHE BUENA CHRISTMAS EVE

On Christmas eve friends and family get together to celebrate with music and the customary food:

  • LECHÓN HASADO

  • ARRÓZ CON GANDULES

  • PASTELES

  • MORCILLAS

  • TEMBLEQÚE

  • ARRÓZ CON DULCE

  • COQUITO


A o viejo new years eve

AÑO VIEJO NEW YEARS EVE

For Año Viejo family and friends gather to celebrate the new and say goodbye to the old year. Traditionally people do the following:

  • DRESS IN NEW CLOTHES

  • EAT 12 GRAPES AT THE STRIKE OF TWELVE

  • CRY AND CHEER AND GIVE KISSES AND HUGS TO EACH OTHER

  • WISH EACH OTHER PROSPERO AÑO NUEVO


Los tres reyes magos the three kings

LOS TRES REYES MAGOSTHE THREE KINGS

The Three Kings Day is gift giving time in Puerto Rico. The Three Kings Day is celebrated by:

  • Children pick grass to put into a shoe box. The shoe box goes under the bed the night before.

  • The kings give the grass to the camels and they leave a gift for the child to discover the next day.

  • Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar are the Three Kings that come barring gifts for the children.


Octavas octavitas eigth day

OCTAVAS/OCTAVITAS EIGTH DAY

Las Octavitas mark the official end of la Navidad in Puerto Rico. This is a tradition that is slowly not being celebrated.

  • Traditionally if you received a visit from someone on the Three Kings Day you are supposed to return the visit eight days later.

  • This is the last Parranda of nuestra Navidad.


As es nuestra navidad

  • When do the Parrandas start?

  • Who gives the Parrandas?

  • What are the instruments that are used for a Parranda?

  • What is the traditional food that is served on Christmas eve?

5. What are three things people do for New Years?

  • Instead of Santa what do the kids look forward to instead?

  • What do kids do in order to receive their gifts?

  • What are Octavitas?


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