Joyce Giraud Dishes About Puerto Rican Christmas Traditions (VIDEO)
We've learned this season on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills that Joyce Giraud is very proud of her Puerto Rican heritage. So what do people do in Puerto Rico for the holidays? Joyce explains all — including a custom that keeps people from getting much sleep in December.
"In Puerto Rico, we have a lot of traditions," Joyce tells NBCU Direct. "We eat a very typical thing that's called pasteles — it's almost like a tamale made of bananas, and we make it all together. Like, all the women of the family unite, and it's a very big deal, a very big thing." Sounds delish!
"We drink this amazing, amazing alcohol drink that's called coquito, and it tastes like coconut, and it's really delicious," she continues. "And we do something that a lot of other places don't have — it's something that I actually miss in L.A. — and what parranda is, you get a group of people together, and you just show up in the middle of the night, it could be midnight, it could on o'clock, two o'clock, three o'clock in the morning."
"You just show up to somebody's home — one of your friends, of course — and we're like, 'Parranda!'" Joyce explains. "And everybody sings, and we have all these instruments and all this stuff — it's really fun and alive. And [the surprised] people wake up, like, 'Oh.' So you surprise them, so they have to wake up, and they have to cook, and they have to do it all, and we make a big party wherever we go."
We think parrandas sound like a blast, although if you barged into someone's home at three in the morning anywhere else, you might get shot.
Have you ever experienced any of the customs that Joyce is describing?