As one of the most visually impressive Liverpool Christmas party venues, Alma de Cuba will be opening its doors during the festive season welcoming partygoers in out of the cold to celebrate Christmas Cuban style.
For Cuban’s the celebration of Christmas is a super special time of year, some may not be aware, however, that Christmas was officially cancelled in Cuba between 1969-1997.
Here we look at Cuba’s Christmas past and how you can party with us Cuban style this year at Alma de Cuba.
For three decades Cuban’s were not allowed to publicly celebrate Christmas because Fidel Castro, the country’s leader, was a well-known atheist. Cuban people could privately enjoy Christmas in their own homes but there were no mentions of the holidays in the media, shop fronts or any public space and no traditional Christmas decorations or festive related good was sold.
This was until 1997 when the Pope visited Cuba and beseeched Castro to lift his ban of the holiday thus uniting Cuba with Christmas cheer once again.
Because of Castro’s ban, there was an entire generation of Cubans who hadn’t celebrated Christmas, people who were born and lived into adulthood without ever having seen a street lit up with fairy lights or seen a giant Christmas tree in their local town or village.
All this changed in 1997 and people flocked to stores to purchase all the Christmas trappings the rest of the world had enjoyed over the last 30 years.
For Cuban’s, the festivities begin on Christmas Eve or Nochebuena, as entire families come together to enjoy a feast of traditional Cuban food, music and dancing.
The feast would include roasted pig, rice and black beans, yuca and fried plantains and for dessert, what else but Rum cake and Arroz Con Leche or Rice pudding to us.
Because of the ban on Christmas itself Cuban’s hosted Nochebuena to celebrate their love for each other and not the gift-giving indulgent Christmas day the rest of the world knows and loves.
Of course in Liverpool, we do love and celebrate Christmas exceptionally well.
As the city’s streets begin to fill with Christmas cheer and the bars and restaurants are bursting at the seams with jubilant groups of party goers, Alma de Cuba will be playing host to many a happy festive event.
Join us for festive afternoon tea, samba style, as we give a Cuban Christmas twist to the popular offering and invite everyone to get up and samba dance after enjoying a selection of Cuban Christmas inspired foods and drink.
For one of the city’s most exquisite Liverpool Christmas party venues look no further than Alma de Cuba. This Christmas we invite companies to consider booking special nights in the restaurant space or VIP Lady Chapel where the converted church interior offers a breath-taking backdrop to any Christmas night out and the original features such as stained glass windows give a traditional Christmassy feel.
We can also offer VIP booths for Christmas nights out in Liverpool and our weekly entertainment will continue to thrill audiences throughout the festive season.
Enjoy the Voodoo floor show, the unique petal shower and lots of lovely live music playing every weekend during the festive period when you spend Christmas 2018 in Alma de Cuba.
Book your Christmas event in one of the most stunning Liverpool Christmas party venues by calling 0151 305 5101.