Friday, 24 December 2010

Nochebuena

Today's WOTD is: "Nochebuena" = Christmas Eve

1. In Spanish, “Nochebuena”* is a feminine noun of Latin origin commonly used to refer to Christmas Eve and the corresponding celebrations.
  • Como de costumbre, vamos a celebrar la Nochebuena en familia (as usual, we are going to celebrate Christmas Eve with the family);

*NB The noun “Nochebuena” is a composite/ compound word formed by joining together “noche” (night) and “buena” (good). In Spain, Latin America and the Philippines the “Nochebuena” celebration takes place on the night of the 24th of December. Although Nochebuena is Christian the celebration of the birth of Jesus, an important element of such celebrations is a traditional dinner at home with the family.

En Nochebuena”, la noche del 24 de diciembre, el mundo hispano recuerda el nacimiento de Jesús. La Nochebuena”, que en principio es una festividad de origen eminentemente religioso, es también una fiesta de carácter tradicionalmente familiar. Un elemento importante de la celebración de la Nochebuena” es la tradicional cena hogareña de la víspera del día de Navidad.


2. An expression with the word “Nochebuena” is:
  • Flor de Nochebuena (poinsettia*);
    • La flor de Nochebuena es la flor de la Navidad (the poinsettia is the Christmas flower);
*NB Ornamental plant indigenous to Mexico and Central America.


Love-Spanish.com loves the word "Nochebuena" in the YouTube clip: Dando la cara - Campana sobre campana - Nochebuena Andaluza 20

For more on the word "Nochebuena", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Nochebuena


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