Christmas Day is a public holiday in Honduras every 25 December. The Christmas season is much more religious and less commercialised than in the US and many other Western countries.
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Roman Catholic traditions are strong since Honduras has long been a Catholic country, but today, 51 percent are Catholic and 36 percent Evangelical. So it’s also not so monolithic as it once was.
For many in Honduras, the Christmas season commences on 1 December with the putting up of an Advent Wreath. Soon, the “posada” traditions begins. Posada is meant to refer to the seeking of shelter and a place for Jesus to be born by Mary and Joseph.
In the tradition, church members go on a “mini-pilgrimage” to one particular member’s home, bringing food gifts with them. Kids lead the party, while being dressed up as Mary and Joseph. Everyone sings Christmas songs on the way. Once inside, all gather to sing yet more around that home’s nativity set, before enjoying a dinner together.
Then, a different home is chosen for the same treatment each day until 24 December, when the procession goes to the local Catholic church for midnight mass instead. Then, after mass, everyone goes home and eats tamales, pastries, candy, punch, and eggnog.
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