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Christmas Music of Latin America: Piñatas, Parties, and Prayer | Frontera Project

No country has a canon of Christmas carols to rival the United States. But Latin America also has a strong musical repertoire for Christmas celebrations. Some stick strictly to religious themes, such as the Nativity songs of Las Posadas, the Mexican tradition that recreates the Holy Family’s search for lodging. Others also celebrate more earthly themes: Puerto Rican aguinaldos, for example, often sing the praises of lechón, the roasted pork that replaces turkey in Caribbean and Filipino yuletide meals.

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