Christmas in Ecuador

happy christmas everybody!

Image by allerleirau via Flickr

Christmas and the New Year are celebrated as the same festival, not separately as in North America. Rich and poor prepare new costumes for Christmas, as we do for Easter. Church and state co-operate in collecting money to purchase toys for the children of the poor.

Children write letters to the Christ-child and place shoes in the window in which he may place toys as he passes by on Christmas Eve. Noise-making toys are common and are used with much energy on the streets on Christmas morning.

Since the weather is very warm, most celebrations are in the streets. There are firecrackers, brass bands, and dancing. At midnight everyone goes to Mass, after which the family dinner is enjoyed.

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