Christmas Day in Ecuador ― Date, History, and Details

Christmas Day in Ecuador

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History of Christmas Day in Ecuador and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

Christmas in Ecuador is a time for family, friends, and feasting. The holiday season begins on December 6th with the Feast of St. Nicholas, also known as “el dia de los Tres Reyes Magos” (the day of the Three Wise Men). On this day, children put their shoes out in front of the fireplace or bed, and St. Nicholas leaves them candy and small gifts.

Christmas Eve, or “Noche Buena,” is the biggest celebration of the year. Families gather for a large feast, which typically includes roasted pig, tamales, potato salad, and a variety of fruits and desserts. Midnight Mass is also a tradition on Christmas Eve, and many families attend church services together.

Christmas Day itself is relatively low-key in comparison to the night before. However, it is still a time for family, food, and gift-giving. Many people spend the day visiting with relatives and friends, and enjoying a traditional Christmas dinner.