In South America, Christmas is celebrated with equal or greater solemnity than in Europe; it is an outstandingly colorful festivity, particularly among indigenous communities in which Christianity is deeply rooted. This essentially Christian festivity is filled with particular manifestations, such as groups of children dancing to worship baby Jesus.  When they get in front of the manger scene, they pray and sing traditional Christmas carols. After the worshiping dances, which last about two to three hours, they sing more carols and go home.

On the 24th, the faithful pack the chapel to attend midnight mass, provided that the parish priest, who comes from the village of Tumbaya, is able to attend to celebrate it.