Christmas Traditions ~ Venezuela

by CSweeney on June 6, 2014

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massIt’s been fun discovering the interesting ways that other cultures celebrate Christmas and what traditions they hold to. If you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, take a look back…some of them will definitely bring a smile to your face. :) We’ve looked at Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Japan. Today we’re moving to the country of Venezuela in South America to see their unique ways.

Venezuela, like most of the rest of South America, is largely Catholic, and so going to mass on Christmas morning would be very customary. Church goers, and even those who don’t attend regularly, would go very early in the morning. Nothing really unique about that. But, what is rather striking is the mode of transportation used to get to mass. The streets are even closed down to vehicles the night before in order to ensure safety. You see, everyone gets to mass on . . . roller skates!

Rollerskating-Venezuela

And, that’s not all. The night before, children tie a piece of string to their big toes and hang the other end out the window. As the roller skates go by the next morning on their way to mass, they yank on all the strings hanging out the window! You know this would never work in America because children are typically up before anyone on Christmas morning!

There is still more. On Christmas Eve, instead of the usual caroling from house to house, the people beat drums….and, at the stroke of midnight, people shout “Jesus is born!” Firecrackers set the sky ablaze, too. I like that!

 

Photo credit:  Church, Skating

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