EL SALVADOR: La Bala, an unlikely Christmas hit

Christmas in El Salvador has a couple neat distinctive twists, on top of the food, family, and gifts that you see in other countries. One is that everyone wears a new piece of clothing (El Estreno) for festivities on Christmas Eve, and the other is a distinctly non-Christmas song has become a holiday staple – La Bala, with the most popular version recorded by Los Hermanos Flores.

El Salvador Perspectives has an interesting writeup on why a song called “the bullet” has become a popular holiday song, and it’s likely a combination of nostalgia and lighthearted dance elements that resonate with family gatherings – kinda like how the Macarena is reserved for wedding receptions here in Canada.

Happy Christmas all!

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