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Harold Acosta
12-29-2002, 10:50 PM
This information was taken from a PR website and I thought it would give some of our fellow citizens in the US some insight on how we Puerto Ricans (we are US citizens) celebrate the Holidays.

Enjoy the reading and make any questions you may deem necessary:

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Christmas in Puerto Rico is like no other...The period is quite long as it extends from early December to mid-January. The air is filled with typical songs such as the Aguinaldos ..People visit friends and family in the asaltos in which they go from house to house singing and partying. Typical instruments such as the guiro, the cuatro and the guitar are used to make lovely music.The hosts lavish their visitors with food and drinks and later join the group as they move to another house..Usually the asaltos or trullas start late at night and may go on till daybreak.... Originally these were not advised so people would not know they would be getting an asalto or trulla in any particular night; now often the asaltos might be fully planned.

Puerto Ricans usually put up a nice Christmas Tree with all the trimmings--a custom obtained from American influence. As in most things, Puerto Ricans have adapted American customs while keeping their own in typical celebrations.

In the early mornings (5-6 a.m.) many go daily to Church the nine days prior to Christmas for the Aguinaldo Masses in which religious and typical Christmas music is sung as a backdrop to the Mass.

Puerto Rican typical food is served through the festivities and specially for the Christmas Eve celebration. Dinner, which includes a rice dish such as Rice with Pigeon Peas(Gandules), Pasteles, prepared with a dough of grated green bananas and plantains stuffed with meat, and the roast pork typically prepared "a la varita"( pig roasted over a charcoal pit). A drink of "Coquito"-- a kind of strong egg-nog which includes rum and coconut milk will top it off !! For dessert, nothing more delicious than tembleque, a nice coconut-based custard...

The family usually gets together for Dinner on Christmas Eve and continue festivities with some good music and partying. Then at Midnight many will go to Church for the Midnight Mass (Misa del Gallo).Presents are interchanged on Christmas morning when children look anxiously under the Christmas tree for presents brought by Santa..(Puerto Rican children are quite lucky as they will get presents in Christmas and also later in Three King's day). Christmas Day is a time to spend among the family and repeat some of the eating and partying..

But Christmas is not over yet in Puerto Rico !!!

Parties and the Christmas spirit continue until the New Year..New Year's Eve !!! Another reason to celebrate and enjoy more food and music while all say good-bye to the Old and salute the New Year..

Think it's all over? Not quite yet in Puerto Rico...While in the States the Holidays will be over by now, the fun still continues in Boriken!!! For the next 5 days Puerto Ricans and children in particular prepare for another festivity of Puerto Rican culture...The Three Kings' Day on the 6th of January...the Feast of the Epiphany, celebrating the visit to the Christ Lord by the Magi bringing presents from the Far East..The kids will cut some grass and place it in a small box and put it under the Christmas Tree waiting for the Kings to bring them presents --the Camels will need a lot of grass to feed after their long trip from the Orient..

Think it's over? Not quite yet...Many refuse to concede it is all over and continue to celebrate through las octavitas or eight more days of party and fun....

OK....not over yet...!!! For many go on to the final stretch..las octavonas.. You guessed it !!! eight more days of final fun...

And then....Puerto Ricans rest for a few days and begin planning for next Christmas...


The link is http://www.prboriken.com/christ.htm

9 Ball Girl
12-29-2002, 11:08 PM
That's how we do it too! (Dominicans) I'll be giving gifts out on January 6th as well!

Rich R.
12-30-2002, 05:01 AM
Harold, I'm not sure I could survive Christmas in Puerto Rico. But it would be one heck of a way to go. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Kato
12-30-2002, 07:40 AM
Katy just got back from the Dominican Republic yesterday. She brought me coffee and rum. Hey, tax free and cheap baby............I love it.

Kato~~~viva la Dominicana............or something.

Harold Acosta
12-30-2002, 12:34 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Rich R.:</font><hr> Harold, I'm not sure I could survive Christmas in Puerto Rico. But it would be one heck of a way to go. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>

Hey Rich, you aint heard nothing yet. Basically our celebrations begin on Thanksgiving Day. After we have stuffed ourselves with food, it is time to begin putting up the Christmas Tree. This itself is another party. From that day on it's party-time almost every weekend. /ccboard/images/graemlins/cool.gif

Therefore, Christmas in Puerto Rico starts on November twenty-something, and ends about January twenty-something, almost 60 days of festivities! /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif.....and by the way pool and dominoes are our favorite passtime during the period!

But I can assure you, you will survive! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Hey, maybe a "Survivor Series" can be held here to see who can hold the most liquor and food in 60 days! /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif


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Rich R.
12-30-2002, 01:00 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Harold Acosta:</font><hr> But I can assure you, you will survive! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Hey, maybe a "Survivor Series" can be held here to see who can hold the most liquor and food in 60 days! /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif


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Harold, that is the "Survivor" series I will join. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Rich R.
12-30-2002, 01:00 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Harold Acosta:</font><hr> But I can assure you, you will survive! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Hey, maybe a "Survivor Series" can be held here to see who can hold the most liquor and food in 60 days! /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif


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Harold, that is the "Survivor" series I will join. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Rich R.
12-30-2002, 01:00 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Harold Acosta:</font><hr> But I can assure you, you will survive! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Hey, maybe a "Survivor Series" can be held here to see who can hold the most liquor and food in 60 days! /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif


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Harold, that is the "Survivor" series I will join. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Rich R.
12-30-2002, 01:01 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Harold Acosta:</font><hr> But I can assure you, you will survive! /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Hey, maybe a "Survivor Series" can be held here to see who can hold the most liquor and food in 60 days! /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
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Harold, that is the "Survivor" series I will join. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Kato
12-30-2002, 01:05 PM
Rich, what are you doing, bulking up your stats? If I had your number I'd call you and ask for Carol.

Kato

9 Ball Girl
12-30-2002, 01:39 PM
Hey Rich, is this one of those tricks where we have to pick the 1 out of the 4 that doesn't match the other 3? /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Harold Acosta
12-30-2002, 01:40 PM
There is a large community of Dominicans in Puerto Rico and they too celebrate festivities as we do! Aren't we lucky?

The best of both worlds!

<font color="red">Felíz Día de Reyes! </font color>

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Harold Acosta
12-30-2002, 01:46 PM
[b]Hey Kato, it's the excitement of being selected for the next "Survivor Series" so cut him some slack!

I invite you all, "Come on down to Puerto Rico!!!"

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Leviathan
12-30-2002, 08:31 PM
Harold:

Thanks for the invitation, but I can't visit Puerto Rico, because if I visit Puerto Rico I'll eat alcapurrias until I fall out of my chair, and this will embarrass my girlfriend. And mofongo--did I mention mofongo? !Ay, Dios!

Happy holidays from North Carolina (where there's no edible food),

D.M.

Harold Acosta
12-30-2002, 08:58 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Leviathan:</font><hr> Harold:

Thanks for the invitation, but I can't visit Puerto Rico, because if I visit Puerto Rico I'll eat alcapurrias until I fall out of my chair, and this will embarrass my girlfriend. And mofongo--did I mention mofongo? !Ay, Dios!

Happy holidays from North Carolina (where there's no edible food),

D.M. <hr /></blockquote>

Alcapurrias, Mofongo, carne frita, bacalaitos, pasteles, lechon, morcillas....these are all great treats but fattening as hell. It's great that you have at least tried them!

Oh!...and have you tried our "coquito", the egg-nog and rum drink we all love during the holidays?

Happy Holidays!