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Christmas in Costa Rica


                                      Navidad en Costa Rica


 By Eryn Akin and Journey Spyres


Santa Clause




 Ham and Turkey


 Decorate house with lights



Celebrated on the 25th




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 




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.