Christmas Day is a public holiday in Paraguay every 25 December. In Paraguay, Christmas is taken very seriously and is a deeply religious festival. Much is borrowed from Spanish Christmas traditions, but there are also many Native American touches that have entered the tradition.
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Churches in Paraguay will be decked out with lights and sport large, colourful light-up Christmas ornaments. Town squares and city parks will also be decorated for the season, as will individual homes and businesses.
Nativity scenes, at homes and churches, are a central part of the celebration. They really function much like the Christmas tree does in other countries, but with a stronger connection to the religious meaning of Christmas.
Large, late-night family feasts on Christmas Eve are the rule in Paraguay. A Christmas toast will often be made at midnight, using either cider or champagne. On Christmas Day, most will attend mass and visit family.
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