Venezuelans light firecrackers and ring bells each morning to awaken worshippers. It’s not unusual for streets to be filled with worshippers on roller skates making their way to mass. On December 24th, a special midnight mass, known as Miso de Gallo (“rooster’s mass” in Spanish), is observed.
How do people get to church in Caracas Venezuela on Christmas morning?
Roller-skating to church, Caracas, Venezuela
On Christmas morning, the roads in Caracas are closed to traffic to allow citizens to roller-skate to church. Yes, that’s right, roller-skate to church.
What are some traditions of Venezuela?
Most Venezuelans are Catholic and celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25. In Caracas, and throughout the country, festivities begin on December 16 with mass church services each morning. The final service, Misa de Aguinaldo or Misa de Gallo, occurs at midnight on Noche Buena, or Christmas Eve.
Why do Venezuelans go to church on roller skates?
Residents in Caracas, Venezuela have an unusual tradition. Each year on Christmas Eve, they had to church early in the morning on roller skates. Reportedly the tradition is so popular with the residents that roads are closed to cars, allowing the residents to safely make their way to church.
How do you say Merry Christmas in Venezuela?
How do I say “Merry Christmas” in Venezuela? In Spanish, the official language of Venezuela, you say “Feliz Navidad.” The same can be applied to any Spanish-speaking country.
What do Venezuelans do on Christmas Day?
Every year between 16 and 24 December in Caracas, Venezuela, roads are closed to traffic to let people roller skate to the early morning Christmas mass. On their way, skaters will tug on the ends of long pieces of string tied by children to their big toes and dangled out of the window.
What is considered rude in Venezuela?
The North American “O.K.” sign is extremely rude. Pointing with your index finger can be considered rude. Motioning with your entire hand is more polite. Always maintain eye contact when talking.
What is Venezuela best known for?
It has the world’s largest known oil reserves and has been one of the world’s leading exporters of oil. Previously, the country was an underdeveloped exporter of agricultural commodities such as coffee and cocoa, but oil quickly came to dominate exports and government revenues.