Compare and Contrast Spanish Essay
Christmas is a holiday filled with tradition, family, and happiness, but what most people don’t know is that Christmas is celebrated all over the world, not just the United States. Latin American countries are especially passionate about Christmas. The way Hispanic people celebrate changes throughout each country. Each one has its own unique Christmas culture. In this essay I am going to write about some of these different countries, and tell how each one is similar and different in showing their Christmas spirit.
In America, Christmas is celebrated on one day, December 25th, but in Mexico, Christmas is celebrated from December 16th to February 2nd, whereas in Puerto Rico people celebrate Christmas from December 24th to January 6th. Americans just celebrate this one day because it is the day Jesus was born. The Mexican people celebrate for so long for many reasons. From December 16th to Christmas Eve they perform “Posada,” which means that they celebrate the time in which Joseph and Mary looked for an inn in Bethlehem. A few days after Christmas day they celebrate New Year’s, just like America and many other countries. Then on January 6th they have Dia de Los Reyes, which is very important to Mexican culture. Christmas is then continued throughout February 2nd. They have Christmas for this long because they go to church masses, much like Puerto Rico, except that they have masses before Christmas. The Puerto Ricans celebrate for many of the same reasons, but have some traditions of their own. Like I said before, they start off by going to church masses known as Misa de Aguinaldo. This is done until Christmas day, and then after Christmas day on the 28th, the Feast of Holy Innocents takes place. Just like Mexico, Puerto Rico celebrates the Dia de Los Reyes. This day usually marks the end of the Christmas holiday in Puerto Rico. Both Mexicans’ and Puerto Ricans’ length of Christmas is completely different than the than the Americans’.
Christmas caroling is a very famous American tradition, and although Mexico and Puerto Rico do this as well, it is not quite the same. Each country puts their own...