Christmas Traditions in Costa Rica

Christmas in Costa Rica is celebrated much the same as it is in the United States. There are some differences that we will show below. One major difference is that Christmas actually falls at the end of the school year. Here is how the country celebrates.

Decorations – The nativity scene is the center of the decorations. Usually adorning it are tropical flowers. Wreaths are also used a lot, decorated with red berries and red ribbon.

Food – Chicken and pork tamales are eaten after midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve – Midnight Mass is a big tradition with Costa Rica being a Catholic nation.

Traditions – There are a lot of rodeos and parades during the Christmas season.

Work – Apple stands pop up around this time of the year, usually roadside.

Santa – Santa isn’t the natural gift given. St Nicholas, or Colacho, brings gifts, as well as Nino Dios, which could be similar to Christkindl.

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