Christmas’ Eve or Noche Buena in La Antigua Guatemala

Antigua's Cathedral and Central Park Illuminated

Christmas’ Eve or Noche Buena in La Antigua Guatemala is celebrated by staying up all night burning firecrackers and fireworks, eating tamales or turkey and drinking real fruit punch or hot real chocolate, visiting family, friends and neighbors for the respective abrazo de Noche Buena and buenos deseos (Christmas Eve hugs and best wishes); many even go to midnight mass. At midnight the presents under the Christmas tree, around the nacimiento (nativity scene), are opened and everyone laughs and hugs indiscriminately everyone around. These celebrations rate the highest on the nostalgic memory scale; everyone who is living abroad wishes to be in Guatemala for this season and for this night in particular.

A todos los chapines en el extranjero, y en especial a mi familia, les enví­o mis más sinceros abrazos de Noche Buena y mis mejores deseos. Les prometo que por ustedes, este dí­a no haré dieta alguna. 😉 ¡Qué tengan unas felices fiestas!

Best wishes and Noche Buena hugs to all the visitors to La Antigua Guatemala Daily Photo.

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  • sompopo

    The wife and I would like to wish you and your family a healthy, happy and safe Christmas. 🙂

    Peace

  • Je te souhaite un JOYEUX NOEL et te propose de venir chanter Noel sur mon DP BLOG D’EVRY. Bonnes Fêtes.


    I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and invites you to come sing on my DP Noel D’EVRY BLOG. Happy Holidays.

  • Jerry B

    Feliz Noche Buena and Merry Christmas to you and your family, Rudy.
    From the evilgeezer on Flickr. 🙂

  • ¡Feliz Navidad Rudy! A huge hug in this Nochebuena from slightly cold Toronto to beautiful La Muy Noble y Muy Leal Ciudad de Santiago de Caballeros de Guatemala (aka the land of the Roses). All the best for you and your wife.

  • Merry Christmas!

  • ¡Feliz Navidad, Rudy! Thanks to your photos, it’s my dream to spend next Christmas in Antigua.

  • Feliz Navidad a vos Rudy! Gracias por mis rellenitos que me enviaste que aunque virtuales descargan recuerdos de la ni~nez en Guatemala y ya te imaginas, estos estan llenos de amor y a~noranza (palabra que uso Manolo y que yo presto en esta ocasion). Gracias por tener este sitio donde venimos a so~nar, abrigarnos con nuestros recuerdos y apreciar lo que ya esta lejos en distancia, pero cerca en el corazon. Te mando este mensaje en el primer idioma que aprendi, en el que sue~no y con el cual entiendo (casi) todos los chistes colorados de mi papa. Saludos!

  • merry christmas friend.

  • Julio

    Rudy, Feliz Navidad!
    thank you sharing your pictures to those of us who live abroad

  • MaggieD

    Rudy, Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thanks for all the seasonal food pictures, and especially the day you included “sounds” of the season. It was “almost” as good as being there. Seems as though a lot of us are planning to be there next year for Christmas. 🙂

  • Felices Pascuas, You have made many of us Guatemalans leaving abroad, very, very happy. Hope you had a great time with your loved ones on this holiday season.

  • JC

    Like most of the night scenes Christmas photos you posted on your blog. Especially this one! The moon looks very attractive in this photo.

    Happy New Year to you and family!

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