Colombian Christmas traditions over the Ages
Christmas in Colombia is celebrated through a series of religious events that make up the Hispanic culture that constitutes of the Colombian Christmas traditions. Decorations are one major part of the celebrations; they include white and red candles, sculptures of angels, a Christmas tree, and lights that illuminate the balconies and windows of homes. Christmas also known as Navidad begins on the 7th December with the celebration of the virgin of the Immaculate Conception day. This day is marked in the Colombian Christmas traditions as the candle day where lightning of candles begins at twilight all over the country; the candles are lit on pieces of wood which are arranged in lines that light up the churches and home frontiers.
Due to the deep rooted catholic religion in this country, Colombians must celebrate the Christmas novena which is one of the very important Colombian Christmas traditions. This event begins on 16th December up to the 24th where families reunite and pray the novena that brings their faith close together. Spanish carols are sung during this event and they must be a feast where everyone enjoys the Hispanic foods. During the celebrations of the Colombian Christmas traditions, the children are given various roles; the first thing they have to do is write a letter to infant Jesus, this letter usually contains wishes that should be fulfilled by Jesus thus they usually disappear when they go to nativity depicting that Jesus took them and the deliverance of the gifts would occur on the 24th on the bedside.
Giving gifts to the less privileged children begging on the streets is one of the Colombian Christmas traditions procured. The Christmas Eve dinner is another event that is of great importance in the Colombian Christmas traditions which mainly includes on feasting on ham, pork, and chicken soup normally known as Ajiaco Bogotano. On farms in Colombia, the main dish includes variations of grilled meat and roasted pig. A common desert known as Natilla is enjoyed all the over the country symbolizing the union of the Colombian Christmas traditions; it is usually made from corn, cinnamon, milk, starch ,cloves and a hardened sweetener from sugarcane.