Christmas in Costa Rica

 

                                      Navidad en Costa Rica

 

 By Eryn Akin and Journey Spyres

 

Santa Clause

 

Caroling

 

 Ham and Turkey

 

 Decorate house with lights

 

 

Celebrated on the 25th

 

Pies 

 

Christmas Customs

United States vs. Costa Rica

 

                                      Aduanas de Navidad
Costa Rica vs Estados Unidos

 

 

 Gifts are brought by Baby Jesus (Nino dios)

 

 Midnight Mass

 

 Chicken and Pork Tamales

 

Decorate house with flowers

 

  Holiday festivals: El Tope, Festival de la Luz, and Fiestas de Zapote

 

  Tuck baby Jesus in the Manger and place gifts under the Christmas tree at midnight on Christmas Eve

 

 Tres Leches Cake

 

Celebrated through out the whole month 

 

Fireworks

 

Decorations and Events

Decoraciones y eventos

 A model of the nativity scene, called the Pasito or Portal, is the center of the display.

 The Christmas season continues through the rest of December with fiestas, parades, rodeos, choral and dance festivals, street fairs and bull runs. The highlights of these fiestas include a horseback parade, known as the El Tope, on December 26, and another parade called Carnaval Nacional featuring dance ensembles and floats along the main streets on December 27. It all comes to an end on the sixth of January, when the three wise men are said to have greeted baby Jesus.