Learn more about Christmas customs in Cuba

Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year, and it is celebrated with great joy in most of the world. Therefore, we will let you know how Christmas is celebrated in Cuba and the principal customs area through this blog.

 On December 24, two of the oldest and most beautiful festivities in Cuba are celebrated: the Parrandas de Remedios in Villa Clara, and the Charangas de Bejucal, in Mayabeque.

A special moment on the night of December 24 is the celebration of the Rooster’s Mass to remember the birth of the baby Jesus. This is considered the busiest of Christian practices in Cuba. The Cathedral of Havana, for example, welcomes hundreds of people, believers or not, who come together to hear a message of peace and, as a tradition, embrace each other.

One of the most anticipated moments of the year for Cubans occurs on December 24. Christmas Eve dinner becomes a memorable holiday, a meeting point for all family members, where food is only the pretext. There is no exact time for that dinner, but there is a rule: it does not start until everyone is assembled.

In Cuba, it is not usual on that day or other dates of the year that lamb, fish, shellfish, or cod are eaten. Roast pork cannot be missed at Christmas Eve dinner and, in some parts of the country, the main dish is stuffed guanaco. The ingredients include rice with black beans or congrí, accompanied by yucca with mojo sauce and various salads (tomato, lettuce).

Desserts occupy a crucial place on the menu. One of the most interesting culinary Christmas traditions in Cuba is donuts in syrup. These are made from a base made of cassava and taro, with flour. Then they are fried and served in syrup. Other trendy homemade sweets at Christmas Eve dinner are guava hulls, coconut candy, and sweet potato. As happens in other parts of the planet, at Christmas time, the nougats of yema, jojoba, Alicante, and fruits are also part of the menu of Cubans.

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