16th December

Mystery Tradition

Novenas, Christian tradition, with a view from Colombia

Today is the third chapter of our series about Christmas traditions from around the world! Carolina Torres, one of our consultants, has written about the Novena, an ancient tradition celebrated in Colombia where she is from, but also celebrated all around the world. 

The practice of a novena is an ancient tradition of devotional praying in Christianity, consisting of private or public prayers repeated for nine successive days or weeks. The word Novena is rooted in the Latin word for nine, and refers to the nine days between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost.

In some Christian communities, such as in Africa, Latin America and the Philippines, novena traditions are popular and include devotional rituals such as congregational prayers, statue decoration, hymn singing with music, as well as community fiesta events over beverages, refreshments or processions. Individuals may express love and honor by kneeling, burning candles or placing flowers before the person represented by a statue. 

Carolina says:

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How did the bauble know that she was addicted to Christmas?

She’d been hooked on Christmas trees all her life.


In 2009, Avatar, a science-fiction thriller directed by James Cameron, was released internationally; it went on to make more than $2.7 billion worldwide.

During its theatrical run, the film broke several box office records and became the highest-grossing film at the time, as well as in the United States and Canada, surpassing Cameron's Titanic, which had held those records for twelve years. Avatar remained the highest-grossing film worldwide for nearly a decade, before being overtaken by Avengers: Endgame in 2019.

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