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Winter Holidays Around the World

By Mary Norquist

The season is upon us and Mujeres en Cambio is celebrating the winter holidays by hosting an International Holiday Luncheon at Hacienda de los Flores (Hospicio 16) on Wednesday, December 9, at 2pm. Come, bring your friends, and celebrate the various customs of countries around the world along with sampling of different dishes that are traditions of these countries.

International Holiday Luncheon
Hosted by Mujeres en Cambio
Wed, Dec 9, 2pm
Hacienda de los Flores
Hospicio 16
250 pesos
Tickets available at La Conexion (Aldama 3 and Café Monet)
and La Tienda at the Biblioteca (Insurgentes 25)

For example, did you know that in Indonesia Christmas trees are made of feathers? And that it’s tradition in Poland that Christmas Eve supper isn’t eaten until the first star is seen in the sky and one of the most important dishes is beetroot soup?

Because South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, Christmas comes in the summertime. People still go caroling on Christmas Eve and suckling pig is popular for dinner. In parts of Romania it’s custom that someone dresses up as a goat, with a multi-colored mask, and goes around with carolers. The goat’s name is Capra and it jumps and dances around getting into lots of mischief!

Hanukkah, another winter holiday, also known as the “Festival of Lights,” celebrates the miracle that occurred when the Maccabees reclaimed the Temple and found only enough oil to light a lantern—by which to read the Torah—for one day. But the lantern blazed for eight full days.


With its origins in Spain, Las Posadas is a nine-day celebration that is now primarily celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, and parts of the Southwestern United States. The roots of this holiday are in Catholicism but several different branches of Christian Latinos follow the tradition. During the celebration, a procession moves from house to house with a candle inside a paper lampshade, stopping at each home to sing and pray. Eventually, the procession ends at a home or church, and the celebration continues with caroling, feasting, and piñata breaking!

We hope you will join us in this festive event during which we’ll talk about other interesting holiday traditions around the world. Our members are preparing delicious dishes that represent cuisine from many different areas. You don’t want to miss this opportunity for good food, time with friends, and a great celebration!

Mujeres en Cambio is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to under-served young women in the rural areas surrounding San Miguel de Allende.

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