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5 Fun Facts About December 25 In Louisiana History

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1. Louisiana was not part of the original 13 colonies and did not become a state until April 30, 1812. Therefore, there is no specific historical significance to December 25 in Louisiana's colonial or revolutionary past.

2. Despite being a predominantly Catholic state, Christmas was not acknowledged as an official holiday in Louisiana until 1870, following the Reconstruction era after the Civil War.

3. The distinctive Cajun culture of Southwest Louisiana has its own unique Christmas traditions, including the lighting of bonfires along the Mississippi River levees on Christmas Eve. These oversized bonfires, sometimes reaching up to 30 feet in height, are believed to guide Papa Noël (the French-Cajun Santa Claus) to the homes of good boys and girls.

4. In New Orleans, the historic St. Louis Cathedral holds a midnight Mass on Christmas Eve that has been celebrated since 1723. Revered as a cornerstone of the city's religious and cultural heritage, the service features traditional carols and vibrant music from the city's renowned musicians.

5. On December 25, 1803, Louisiana's status as a territory was formally transferred from Spanish to French control as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Today, the event is commemorated with a historical marker at the site in New Orleans where the ceremony took place.
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