How Does Ecuador Celebrate Christmas?

During Christmas, Ecuadorians may attend Catholic Mass, exchange gifts with each other, have a festive meal, take their children to malls to see Santa Claus, display large decorations and give to charity, much like in the United States. However, farmers may just attend Mass and spend time with their families, and the poor also commonly go to the capital city Quito to beg for money or candy.

Some other traditions include having a nativity scene decoration in the home and attending a religious parade that features dancing and music. Many of the outside activities occur in the days leading up to Christmas, with Christmas Day being spent at home with family.