A year ago at this time, I was in Puerto Rico enjoying the holiday season with family. One night, we experienced a holiday tradition known as a Parranda. During a parranda, friends and family will gather at the front door of a local home and sing traditional Christmas songs. Eventually the guests are invited in for more singing along with food and drink. The parranda will make its way through the neighborhood stopping at more homes and gathering people along the way. As you can see from the video above, we had a lot of fun participating in the parranda. In additional to being a popular holiday tradition, can the idea of a parranda help to create Puerto Rican unity online through social media?
Over the holidays, my family and I were “invaded” by a parranda navideña while visiting relatives in Puerto Rico. During a parranda, a group of friends and musicians will gather together to asaltar or surprise other friends or families at their homes. The parranderos will arrive at a home and quietly gather by the front door. At a signal, they will all start singing and playing traditional holiday music. Everyone is then invited inside for drinks, food, more music and dance. The parranda continues into the night, traveling to additional houses and gathering more people along the way.Below is a video of the parranda that came by our place over the holidays.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYIJW7nxIe0