Christmas in the Dominican Republic
By Cole Hatchett
- In the Dominican Republic Christmas is a National Holiday that is from October to January.
- Every night the people set off tons of fireworks.
- All businesses close on Christmas Eve, so employs can spend time with the familys.
- One major Tradition is Familys have big feasts of traditional food on Noche Buena/ Christmas Eve.
- Most familys go to a church service "La misa de gall" on Christmas Eve. This is similar to a midnight mass.
- They have a cool way to exchange gifts. It is called "un angelito" or "a little angel". This is where a family puts all of the family members names in a sack and each person draws one. The person you drawl is your little angel and every week up to Christmas you give them a gift anonymously. On Christmas Eve you give them a gift and reveal who you really are.
- They also sing native Christmas carols called "villanciocos". Just like in America there are Christmas songs like " jingle bells" and "deck the halls" they have songs too. One particular is a children's song called "the donkey and the turkey"
- At Christmas in the Dominican Republic it is Hot out side.
- Hospitals do not close on Christmas because of injuries related to the fireworks.
- They are really big on Christmas lights.
- There Christmas trees are like the ones in the U.S but they are white