Christmas Novena: What is it and why is it celebrated?

The novena de aguinaldos is a Catholic custom, rooted in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador, related to the Christmas holiday.

The Catholic community is in the midst of the celebrations for the birth of Jesus, which is held every December 25th, giving way to what we know as Christmas. Among the main activities that cover these dates is the ninth of bonuses, which represents the dedication and faith of believers towards the son of God. Many take advantage of this moment to share with the family and taste typical dishes of each country.


It is defined as a Catholic custom, in which believers from much of Latin America set aside time during the day to dedicate prayers and songs while waiting for the Jesus birth. Is about 9 days of reflection (from December 16 to 24) and commitment to faith and everything we can obtain from it to improve in all areas of our lives.

The Strenna Novena It is a set of prayers that was created in Colombia in the mid-18th century by the Franciscan Fray Fernando de Jesús Larrea. The ninth has had modifications over time, but its essence remains the same.


So that you can continue with the prayers corresponding to these dates, the ACI PRENSA portal provides us with one per day, until we reach the Good night. In these we can find the following indications. Each one is divided into:

1. Prayer to begin

2. Prayer for the family

3. Prayer to the Virgin

4. Prayer to Saint Joseph

5. Meditation for the day

6. Prayer to the child God

7. Joys


To help the faithful prepare for the birth of Jesus, the Colombian Episcopal Conference (CEC) launched the traditional Christmas Novena, which in the country is known as Novena de Aguinaldos, and which this year will have an audio version.

The CEC pointed out that the faithful can find the audios of the novena in their social networks or in Spotify account of the Episcopate.

Santa Claus goes ahead and travels through some countries (Emanuel gomez / Infobae)


It is known that he was bishop of Asia Minor in the fourth century, a saint in much of Europe since the Middle Ages, and a gnome in New York in the mid-nineteenth century, he was forced to travel half the world before he could find himself in the wonderful imagination of others.

The process of metamorphosis that led Bishop Nicholas of Asia Minor to the fat bearded man dressed in red and white who brings gifts to children, is as or more fantastic and exciting than his own legend.

According to the data required by the official Vatican website, they make a difference between Santa Claus and Santa Claus. He was born around the year 280 in Patara, a city in the ancient district of Lycia, in Asia Minor, in the southwest of present-day Turkey. He was the son of a wealthy family and enjoyed a good education.

After the death of his parents he gave away all his goods and headed towards religious life, entering the monastery of Sion. He was called bishop of children, for his love for the little ones, and he became very popular for his great generosity and kindness to those most in need and children, whom he made beneficiaries of his personal fortune.

Over the years, other personalities were formed, such as Kolya (Russia), Niklas (Austria and Switzerland), Pezel-Nichol (Bavaria), Semiklaus (Tyrol), Svaty Mikulas (ex Czechoslovakia), Sinter Klaas (Holland ), Father Christmas or Father Christmas (Great Britain), Santa Claus (USA), Père Noël or Father Christmas (France), among others.


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