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Parrandas de Remedios: The craziest chistmas eve party

In countries of Christian tradition, the 24th of December—Nochebuena or Christmas Eve—is associated with retirement, intimate family dinners, and Christmas carols. That was probably the case in the town of Remedios until the 1820s when the young priest Francisco Vigil de Quiñones, affectionately called Franscisquito by his congregation, came up with the [read full story]

A Christmas Song
by Aimara Fernández

It feels like spring and yet it is winter in the Cuban countryside, which grows more beautiful bathed in the colors of the sunset. No one talks about Santa, and there are no evergreens covered with snow. But Christmas in the campo (countryside) is as close as Cuba gets to a traditional Christmas. The morning [read full story]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
by Victoria Alcalá

Every time Christmas comes around, I can’t help remembering when I was five or six years old, sitting on the floor of my house with my cousins, cracking walnuts and hazelnuts by unappealable order of my father, and the delicious smell of sour oranges, garlic and spices coming out from the kitchen every time [read full story]