Christmas in El Salvador is the biggest event of the year. Since a majority of the population is Roman Catholic, and a sizeable group is Protestant, Christmas is celebrated by a majority of people across the country.
Christmas in El Salvador is celebrated by the entire family attending mass together on Christmas Eve and returning home to a grand feast. Roasted turkey, potato salad, rice, chicken and alcohol are consumed. Beverages such as soda, rum, or wine, called gaseosas are enjoyed by adults. Childen are served fruit juice or horchata, which is a mixture of milk, pumpkin seeds, and cocoa beans. As they wait for the arrival of Santa Claus, children play with fireworks and the sight of sparklers lighting up the night create a delightful scene. Singing and dancing are also a part of the celebration.
Most Catholics in El Salvador set up a beatutifully decorated Christmas tree in their homes. They also create a Nativity scene that depicts the baby Jesus in his manger with Mother Mary and Joseph, and the three wise men who came to honor him with precious gifts. Created out of sawdust and straw, these simple but beautiful nativity scenes are the centrepiece of a family Christmas in El Salvador. As the clock approaches midnight, the family gathers around the Christmas tree and everyone opens their presents and wishes each other. Thus, Christmas in El Salvador is a combination of religious worship, family togetherness, and fun for all during the festive season.
Last Updated : December 12, 2013