Christmas traditions in El Salvador include large family feasts and fireworks. Like many South American countries, church services play a big part in the celebrations.
Families in El Salvador begin celebrating by attending mass together on Christmas Eve. They then return home for a feast that includes roasted turkey, rice, chicken, rice and vegetables. Children drink fruit juice or a special drink called horchata, which is a mix of milk, pumpkin seeds and cocoa beans. Adults typically drink rum or wine.
After dinner, families gather outside to light fireworks and play with sparklers. Small towns usually include music and dancing as part of the festivities. Homes are decorated with Christmas trees and nativity scenes that include the three wise men, special figures in Spanish cultures.