Christmas In Puerto Rico

By: Jacob Elliott

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Merry Christmas or in Puerto Rico, Feliz Navidad and Felices Pascuas

Traditional Christmas Foods in Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, traditional Christmas food are roast pork served with rice, pigeon peas, and pork, a dough made from mashed green bananas, filled with meat, and wrapped in banana leaves. Cooking the roasted pig takes all day. They start very early in the morning.A popular Puerto Rico desserts is rice pudding, set custard made from coconut milk They have a drink that’s kind of like eggnog, but made from rum!

Puerto Rico’s “Santa”

Their Santa are the 3 wise men. They celebrate On the 6th, 7th, and the 8th of January. On the 6th, they wake up early in the morning to see what the 3 wise men have left them. They celebrate one wise men each day: 6th=Gaspar, 7th=Melchor, 8th=Baltazar.

Other Puerto Rico Christmas Symbols

Other symbols they have are carolers and homemade costumes.

Puerto Rico’s Christmas Decorations

Their decorations are greenery, branches from palm trees, Christmas trees, figures of the 3 kings, and a straw hat.

How Does Puerto Rico Say Merry Christmas?

This is how Puerto Rico says Merry Christmas; Feliz Navidad or Felices Pascuas.

Puerto Rico’s Christmas Traditions

Their Christmas traditions include carolers singing Christmas songs.

Puerto Rican Christmas celebrations

Their celebrations can last until the middle of January. Some celebrations are; December 24 - Christmas Eve is called Nochebuena, December 25 - Christmas is called Navidad, December 31 - Despedida de Ano, and on January 6, the most important one of all for the children, el Dia de Reyes.

Why does Puerto Rico celebrate Christmas?

They celebrate Christmas because of the three kings.


Is music part of Puerto Rico’s Christmas?

Yes, they have caroling songs and Christmas songs.

Do Puerto Ricans leave goodies for the Three Wise Men?

Yes, they leave hay for the Three Kings’ camels under their beds in shoe boxes. The Three Kings get the hay and leave goodies for the children.

Does Puerto Rico have snow on Christmas?

No, Puerto Rico does not have snow. They have warm weather.


Does Puerto Rico exchange Christmas gifts?

The Three Kings give the children gifts if they give the Three Kings hay for their camels.


Does Puerto Rico play Christmas games-

Yes, they do play games, they play all sorts of board games.

Does Puerto Rico put up a Christmas tree?

Yes, they put up a tree with ornaments.


Do the Three Kings come down the chimney

No, they do not come down the chimney.

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