American holiday traditions
Latin America holiday traditions
American New Year's traditions
Latin America New Year's traditions
Miscellaneous holiday trivia
Name Holiday foods /drinks
100

What snack is traditionally left out for Santa (in Spanish)?

galletas (cookies)

100

How many days do Latin Americans celebrate Christmas?

9

100

What is the number one New Year’s resolution?

To lose weight /  to get in shape

100

Similar to a Spring Season tradition to “start fresh,” what is done to begin a fresh New Year in many Latin American countries?

Cleaning; Cleaning the House

100

How many days of Hanukkah are there (in Spanish)? 

ocho/8

100

tapas (small plates)

200

Which holiday’s date changes every year?

Easter or Thanksgiving

200

The Poinsettia, a flower used widely in Christmas decorations in North America, was discovered in Latin America. What is the Latin name of this flower?

Flor de Noche Buena

200

About how many people usually gather in Times Square, New York City, to watch the ball drop?

 About 1 million

200

In what Latin American country do people wrap 12 lentils in a bill of money to symbolize financial situations in the New Year?

Venezuela

200

What famous Christmas song was originally written for Thanksgiving?

Jingle Bells

200


jamón serrano

300

Which is more popular among Americans, real or artificial Christmas trees?

Artificial

300

What is the name of the elaborate displays that Latin American families may create to celebrate Christmas?

Nacimientos, aka Nativity Scenes (display of the birth of Jesus Christ)

300

What percentage of Americans make New Year’s resolutions? (Less than you think!)

45%

300

In the “Doce Uvas” tradition for New Years Eve, at what hour of the day is the last grape eaten?

12:00 am (or midnight)

300

What is the highest grossing Christmas movie?

Home Alone

300

Paella

400

What is the most popular Christmas song according to the Guinness Book of World records?

"White Christmas" by Bing Crosby

400

What is the vegetable that is popular in Latin America for Christmas and is carved?

 Radish

400

During the 1900’s, how many times did the ball in Times Square NOT drop ?

2 times (1942 and 1943)due to WWII’s light restrictions

400

In Brazil, some people were entirely one color to inspire good fortune in the New Year. What color is this?

white

400

How many days of Kwanzaa are there (in Spanish)?

siete/7

400


Churros y chocolate

500

What year was Christmas declared a national holiday?

1870

500

What is the name of the Latin American Holiday tradition where a group of friends gather together to surprise another friend, sometimes with music and caroling?

 Parranda

500

 _________is a popular Southern dish of black-eyed peas, pork, and rice, eaten on New Year’s Day to bring good luck.

Hoppin' John

500

Wearing yellow _______ is said to bring good luck and fortune in the New Year

underwear

500

What country did eggnog come from?

England

500

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