Christmas in Bolivia has a few different traditions than in other countries.
Most of the population is Roman Catholic. Like other countries that are predominately Catholic, they celebrate Christmas from Christmas Eve to Epiphany (Dec. 24 - Jan. 6)
The most important day during the Christmas season in Bolivia is Christmas Eve.
Most of the population attends the Misa de Gallo, which is a Christmas Eve Midnight Mass that celebrates the birth of Jesus.
The Misa de Gallo is just the beginning because, after the church service, Families often break bread with one another.
Food and Beverages
They eat a traditional meal called picana. It is a stew/soup made from chicken, beef, pork, or lamb that is served with potatoes and corn.
It is also common to see salads, roast pork, road beef, and a wide variety of tropical fruit.
Since Christmas takes place in the summer in Bolivia, the folks usually toast with frosty drinks
The most important Christmas decoration in Bolivia is the nativity scene. It is the centerpiece of the home and is also a significant decoration in the church.
If a Christmas tree is spotted, it is usually in a bigger city.
Epiphany still remains a fun tradition, and the children leave their shoes out in order to receive gifts.
Employers tend to give their employees a canasta. A canasta is a basket of goods that can include cookies and other Christmas treats for the family.
Finally, another prominent tradition is that of fireworks. Since Christmas is during the summer in Bolivia, it makes sense to light fireworks and enjoy the evening.