I don't think there are many traditional Peruvian holiday dishes. In many ways a copy of the typical North American Thanksgiving dinner, most people eat turkey or pork for Christmas and New Years, accompanied by sweet potato or apple purée, arroz moro or another rice dish, and a big salad. Tamales are also common, as is hot chocolate (even though it's summer for us) and panetón (the Peruvian version of Italian panettone). Another tradition is to eat 12 grapes at midnight, asking for a wish with every grape, and to wear yellow underwear for prosperity in the new year. Despite being a vegetarian in a country of meat-eaters, I have always found delicious options to feast on at Christmas and New Years gatherings. As previously mentioned, rice dishes and salads (along with purées and other vegetable dishes) are almost always offered as part of the buffet; and that is more than enough to keep a girl like me satisfied. This rice with artichokes is one of the many ways in which rice can be prepared for Christmas, to make it different and celebration-worthy.
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