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Puerto Rico's Christmas Tradition

Updated on November 23, 2014

Puerto Rico celebrates Christmas with many traditional culture activities It enriches the events of the holiday since this island has given diverse attraction to other places; history is written by the political strategies of other places wanting to govern it…”take over”. It has been a commonwealth of the United States since 1952. Because of that Santa Claus came to the panorama and has not been able to change our tradition completely.


Christmas is the celebration of our great Jesus, the son of God, born to show us God’s love. Jesus came with a purpose and was fulfilled the 33 years He lived here on earth as a man like you and me. Born, crucified to death, resurrected and came to us by the Holy Spirit. Wow!!! The mere words of saying it brings a sensational feeling of uniqueness…God, our creator giving His child just for us!!! That means that we must be very special to Him.

The issue of Jesus’ birth date shouldn’t trouble because this time of the year has been separated, and that is what really matters. It is not when…it is that it is being done. Isn’t it fun to have our own birthday celebration; then why not give our Savior the honor of being happy for all that He did and still does for us?

Let me share our Christmas traditions; the way we honor God’s gift.

“Noche Buena ”

The 24th of December families reunite, and at a certain time of the night sharing of gifts takes place materializing love as God did with us. Many houses in these modern times will have a Christmas tree. The tree represents nature (earth); the little lights represents Christianity, which lightens the world; and the star on the top represents God illuminating the world.

“Parrandas or Matutinos”

This is one of the traditions that has been changing but still keeps the main objective. People meet in a certain place and from there they all appear at some houses in intervals singing in front of the door. Usually it is at midnight to wake them up. The last house usually greets the people gathered with chicken soup.or Pasteles

Puerto Rico has so many typical dishes that at Christmas you just can not control weight because you will be eating everywhere. "Pasteles" are an indispensable dish. The recipe is included in this link: Pasteles Recipe.

There is no way you will reject a glass of this exquisite drink. Made of coconuts very easy to make. Try the link for the recipe: Coquito Recipe

Tres Reyes Magos

The three king men's day is celebrated on January 6th. Under the bed we put a shoe box with a typical flower that comes out in December with some grass for the camels to eat. Instead of Santa Claus, the kings leave presents inside the box.


Christmas is year round and we Puertorricans don't want to end the festivity of Jesus' birth, but responsibilities call us so we push eight more days called "octavitas". This link explains more of our traditions: Puerto Rico Christmas Traditions

Flower Used For The Three King Men's Day



May God bless your days!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill


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    • Lastheart profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      mollymeadows I took a peak at your hubs and I will return to get inspired for a good laugh since you are writing funny themes as I saw. Thanks for being around and liking our traditions.

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      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      These traditions are beautiful. I had never heard of them before, so you've educated me! And I think that last video messed me up. Now I'm hungry! ;-)

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      kashmir56, thanks so much for liking our Christmas time traditions. Christ is alive!!!!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very wonderful and beautiful traditions at Christmas time, well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Mary615 when you come back to Puerto Rico please contact us to meet you. God bless you!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi again, Lastheart. Glad you're liking my recipes. Wish I could cook like the gal I stayed with in PR. When I go back I'm going to learn more about the food there.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      mary615, I know about your love for Puerto Rico and I love that love. Your hubs are very rich in words not only the ones about PR, I am enjoying your recipes. Thanks!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed reading about Christmas in Puerto Rico. You know, I've been there a couple of times and loved it! I've written Hubs about Puerto Rico, and why I love that place. When you have some time, check them out. Goodnight

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks, alocsin, "pasteles" are really good even for the rest of the year.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      What wonderfully inventive traditions. My favorite is the pasteles. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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