Costa Rica Christmas traditions are a little different than traditions in the US. If you’re spending your Christmas holiday at Casa de Luz this year, here are some of the fun traditions that you will see in and around Tamarindo.
Costa Rica Christmas Traditions
Noche Bueno is Christmas Eve, a time for huge dinners with friends and family. Of course, rum spiked eggnog does make its appearance after dinner. Adults imbibe while family members open their presents around the heavily decorated tree. But, it doesn’t end there. Catholics gather up the family and head to the church for Christmas Eve Midnight Mass.
While many traditions will be familiar there are some specific traditions you’ll find new. For instance, a Nativity scene is put out when the tree is put up and a great deal of space is dedicated to it. The baby Jesus is placed in the manger on Christmas Eve. The Three Kings are added on January 6th. So, it is more of a living story than you’ll have in the US.
Children take their long school break starting in December and they return to school in February. This is the equivalent to the “summer vacation” that is traditional for schools in the United States. So, you’ll see children of all ages out and about during this time.
Foods served during the Christmas holiday are different. There are always plenty of banana leaf stuffed tamales featuring many vegetable varieties as well as pork, chicken and beef. In addition, Noche Bueno features a leg of pork and loads of pastries. It is a traditional feast for family and friends.
Casa de Luz
As of this writing, Christmas week is still available at Casa de Luz. If your family want to experience Costa Rica Christmas traditions in person, call soon to book: (754) 223-0031.