Carol


The Carol is a popular religious song that is sung at Christmas time, and is made up of an initial ditty or chorus in which the theme is announced, and is repeated after each verse.

The Christmas carol is a genre of sung poetry, which is not maintained by an individual but by the entire community. This poetic composition is a choral and popular song.

The origin of the Christmas Carol was in the fourteenth century in Spain, it was not about religious issues, they were popular celebrations with verses in choirs of voices. The Christmas carol entered the context of leisure, poetry is sung at any time of the day or night.

In subsequent centuries, the Christmas carol was predominant in the religious sphere, and it became increasingly important as a popular expression of Christmas. The chapel masters of the 16th century had the custom and obligation of their patrons to prepare a different Christmas carol each Christmas, and thus the repertoire was renewed.

That is why the carol, as we understand it today, is sung only on Christmas dates. Hence, the lyrics are inspired by the Gospel account of Jesus’ childhood: the annunciation, the birth, the adoration of the shepherds, the wise men, Bethlehem, the bells, etc.

The musical instruments that accompany these songs can be the flute, the lute, the drum, the castanets, the guitar, the bagpipes, the tambourine, the zambomba, among others; not forgetting the joyous presence of clapping hands.

Currently, the Christmas carol is traditional and essential at Christmas in Latin American countries and the rest of Europe. Children and adults sing it with joy and enthusiasm, and the most important thing is that it gives us lessons of unity and solidarity among men of good will, even with different beliefs.