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25 Cards in this Set

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Está lloviendo.
It's raining.
la piñata
A hollow figure made of paper maché or clay pot covered in tissue paper. It's filled with fruit and candy and broken by children.
el día de los Reyes Magos
The children of Spain believe that the three kings leave them gifts in their shoes on January 6th.
¡Feliz Navidad!
Merry Christmas!
What do the seven points on the traditional Christmas piñata represent?
the seven cardinal sins
las posadas
The reenactment of Mary and Joseph's search for lodging. It takes place the 9 days before Christmas. A procession is led through the neighborhood.
el aguinaldo
This can refer to a Christmas gift OR a Christmas monetary bonus up to one month's salary.
The traditional Mexican Christmas dish. It is like a cornmeal dumpling wrapped in a corn husk or banana tree leaf.
Hace viento.
It's windy.
el nacimiento
In most Mexican homes instead of a Christmas tree you see brightly colored nativity scenes.
Está nevando.
It's snowing.
misa de gallo
midnight mass/mass of the rooster
¡Próspero Año Nuevo!
Happy new year!
el pastor
el arrullo
The custom of rocking the baby Jesus figurine and singing Christmas carols to him before putting him in the manager on Christmas day.
la pastorela
A symbolic shepherd's play used by early missionaries to teach about the struggle between good and evil.
la Nochevieja
New Year's Eve (Literally "the old night")
el Día de la Candelaría
The Day of the Candlemas is the end of the holiday season on Feb. 2nd. Whoever received the Jesus figurine in their bread must give a party on this day.
What does the stick used to break the piñata represent?
la Virgen de Guadalupe
Said to have appeared to a peasant in 1531 and commanded him to have a temple built for her. She is the patroness saint of Mexico.
What is the shape of the traditional Christmas piñata?
a star
Name one difference between a nativity scene found in the U.S. and in Mexico.
--satan in included in the scene
--the Jesus figurine isn't place in the manger until Dec. 25
los regalos
la Rosca de Reyes
An oval, ring-shaped bread topped with dried fruits. A Jesus figurine is hidden in it. The person who finds it in his/her piece must give a party on Feb. 2.
la Flor de Noche Buena
The poinsettia flower, named after the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett.