Puerto Rican Christmas, also known as Navidad Boricua, is one of the most festive and celebrated holidays on the island. While it may not be the longest Christmas celebration in the world, it is certainly one of the most extensive and lively celebrations that lasts over a month.
Navidad Boricua officially starts on the 23rd of December with Nochebuena or “good night” in English. This is when families get together for a big feast and exchange gifts. The following day, Christmas Day, is spent with family and friends, enjoying leftovers and spending time together.
However, the festivities don’t stop there. Puerto Ricans have a tradition called “Las Octavitas”, an eight-day celebration that starts on the 25th of December and ends on the 1st of January. “Las Octavitas” include singing, dancing, and plenty of food and drinks.
As if all this wasn’t enough, the celebrations continue until mid-January. On the 6th of January, Puerto Ricans celebrate “Día de Reyes” which marks the arrival of the three wise men. This day is spent with family and friends and follows the same pattern as Nochebuena with a big feast.
While Puerto Rican Christmas may not be the longest holiday in the world, it is certainly one that involves multiple traditions and celebrations that last over a month, making it one of the most unique and lively Christmas experiences anywhere.