Hispanic Holidays

Guillermo Kaempfer and Antony Catarino

Holidays are something that can be celebrated and appreciated anywhere around the world. Christmas season isn’t something exclusive to one area, many Spanish speaking countries celebrate more holidays during this season. One of the first would be Las Posadas, the celebration is dedicated to the trip that Mary and Joseph made, its celebrated from December 16th to the 24th. The Holiday is celebrated through festivals that cover streets and involve re-enactments of the scene. Some of these events include a small child dressed as an angel leading an organized group of more children in robes with candles. The candles held by the children bearing the silver and gold robes is an image of Mary and Joseph on a donkey to show tribute to the journey itself.

Another celebration would be on December 28th, La Dia de Los Santos Inocentes. This holiday dedicates itself to being a day of jokes. Similar to the more commonly known, April Fool’s Day the day is focused on jokes to anyone. What makes this even more significant for some Spanish speaking countries is the involvement from the media. During the day, even the news will partake in the celebration as fake and incredibly ridiculous news will be published or broadcasted in good spirits. The backstory to the holiday is when the King of Bethlehem ordered for all boys the same age as Jesus to be killed in an attempt to kill him. Therefore the day of the order is now regarded as the Day of Holy Innocents, or rather Dia de Los Santos Inocentes. 

Going back a couple days to revisit the more famous holiday, Christmas, however this time from a different perspective. In many Spanish countries Christmas beings its celebration on the 24th rather than the 25th. The celebration begins late in the day and spikes at midnight, so in a way the 25th. Catholics also tend to attend a mass that is referred to as La Misa Del Gallo at midnight. This Mass is dedicated to celebrating the birth of Jesus, while the name takes from the belief that the birth of Jesus was the only time the rooster crowed at midnight. It was this belief of a crow at midnight that the name La Misa Del Gallo derived from (Mass of the Rooster). Overall, winter celebrations expand further than Christmas for many countries around the world, regardless of religion many celebrate these holidays.