Noche Buena in La Antigua Guatemala

Noche Buena in La Antigua Guatemala

Christmas Eve or Noche Buena in La Antigua Guatemala is celebrated by staying up all night burning firecrackers and fireworks, eating tamales, turkey, or roasted pork leg, 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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  • Ah, no tamales for me yet, but great music, great food, great drinks, but most importantly great friends!!! This time I had to be in Petén, but next year, I am just going to spend all Holidays in Antigua, ;O) ;O) ;O) Feliz Navidad!!!

  • Feliz Navidad!!!!! And thank you for all your great pics.

  • Julio Macz

    Feliz Navidad Rudy and all Guatemaltecos, and thank you for the pictures it brings back memories for those of us who are abroad away from home.