Christmas parades (las parrandas) take place all over Latin America between December 16 and 26. However, the Cuban town of Remedios, 27 miles (44 km) east of Santa Clara, boasts the most outstanding Christmas extravaganza.
Las Parrandas de Remedios Christmas Festival
According to a popular story, the town's priest was concerned that people would rather go to bed than attend the midnight mass. Thus, he enlisted local children to make noise in the streets and hoped that such conditions would bring parishioners to the church. That's how Las Parrandas de Remedios Christmas Festival was born here. Come to witness this beautiful tradition on the night of December 24.
On Christmas Eve, Cubans eat special dishes for dinner. These include roasted pig, black beans, white rice, yuca con mojo (special marinade with garlic, onions, and sour oranges) and Cuban bread.
History of the feast
Christmas celebration had been banned by the government until the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1998. Since then it has been celebrated in a unique Cuban way.