Christmas in a Coasta Rica
By: Adrianna Granado
There is a huge Christmas tree lighting ceremony that a bunch of people go to.
Tamales are normally eaten after the midnight mass (Misa de Gallo). They are wrapped for cooking in plantain leaves.
A model of the nativity scene (Pasito) is center of the display. It is sometimes decorated with flowers and fruit.
°On Christmas Eve at midnight, they go to mass
°During December through January, there are fiestas, parades, rodeos and street parties
Tree of the Children's National Hospital
Map of Coasta Rica
• On December 24th (Christmas Eve) at midnight there is mass which is called Misa de Gallo and baby Jesus is placed in the manger
• December 25th (Christmas Day) is a day for relaxing and enjoying family and presents
• On December 26th (Boxing Day) there is an important horseback parade called Tope
• On December 27th, many towns and cities have 'Carnaval' with a big parade featuring dancing and big floats
• On January 6th (Three Kings Day) the Three Kings join the nativity scene