The whole Christmas season is highly anticipated in Colombia, and a national public holiday is observed every 25 December on Christmas Day to mark the high point of festivities.
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Colombia’s Christmas season begins on 7 December with whole cities lit up with festive lights and candles and fireworks exploding overhead in the sky. It is called Feast of Immaculate Conception elsewhere, but in Colombia, most call it “Day of the Little Candles”.
Next, many traditionally gather with friends and family during the nine days before Christmas to pray, eat, and sing. These meetings are called “Novenas”.
As Christmas nears, homes will be decorated with Christmas trees, lights, and decorations. A nativity scene will also be set up, and children will write wish-lists and place them in the nativity area, hoping for baby Jesus to bring them certain presents on Christmas Eve.
Late on Christmas Eve, the main celebration takes place. Families feast together, and some attend a midnight mass. On Christmas Day, it’s time to relax at home and indulge in some leftovers!
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