Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Christmas in Central America




Celebrating Christmas in the Tropics is quite a thing. Many commercial malls display huge Santa Clause dolls, including reindeers and sleds, the only thing missing the cold and snow. More traditionally, Christmas starts earlier in the month of December with processions and posadas, in which a parade goes from house to house (one per night), carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary to ask for shelter for the night. In Honduras it is custom to “steal” baby Jesus from the manger in the church, while in Guatemala children carry the Virgin Mary in nightly processions accompanied by music played on tin drums. The 24th is celebrated with a mass and afterwards visits to friends and family, each home providing tamales and other delicacies. Christmas presents are up and coming, but only for those who can afford it. But most children do receive new clothes which they proudly wear on Christmas Eve. And each and every celebration is of course accompanied by the deafening sound of fire crackers. Loud, dazzling and colorful, that’s Christmas in the tropics!
We wish all our friends and clients a very merry Christmas and best wishes in the New Year. Of course we’ll be more than happy to be of your service in 2016, taking you wherever you want to go! Feliz navidad y un próspero Año Nuevo!!!