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Best appreciated are moments during family reunion

Best appreciated are moments during family reunion

When the "cocoteros" blossom and emit a rich coconut fragrance in the air, the children in Paraguay get excited. On Christmas day, mothers wake up in the morning to burn firewood and bake "chiba guazu." The traditional Paraguayan Christmas cake is made mainly with meal and cheese for ingredients. The special adults' drink known as "coeraco" -- a mixture of grape, watermelon, pineapple, banana, melon, and liquor adds a special aroma to it.
Christmas finds people spending time with their families in the living room and singing the traditional songs called "billacicos".
"Paraguayans celebrate Christmas, the most important festival in Paraguay for it has a deep meaning," said Ramon Diaz Pereira, Paraguay's ambassador to Taiwan. "The pleasant aroma and the music filling the air are not just to cheer people up, but also to help people to experience tranquility in their mind."
Paraguayans like to reserve a corner of their living rooms for some ornamentation to celebrate the Nativity of Christ, bringing out figurines of Jesus and Mary for display in a stable setting. The so-called "pesebre" in each household is open to visits by the children in the neighborhood. And the children are rewarded with candies if they say "Que lindo su pesebre!" (You've got a beautiful "pesebre) to the hosts.
"The best Christmas gift I've ever had has everything to do with moments of those pleasant family reunions," said the Paraguayan diplomat. "December in Paraguay is still hot, and this means that a heavily-clad figure giving presents isn't a common sight."


Updated : 2021-05-18 13:57 GMT+08:00