In the US, the holidays are celebrated in December, but in Latin America they’ve been celebrated in March.
That’s because of an agreement between two major parties, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Electoral Council (CNE), which is dominated by President Nicolás Maduro.
On December 6, 2015, Venezuela officially celebrated the birthday of its first socialist president Hugo Chávez with the country’s first state of the union speech.
The party was elected to the presidency in 2018 by a landslide, defeating the ruling opposition and winning a string of governorships.
But in recent months, Maduro’s administration has pushed for more autonomy and has been pressing for the implementation of new economic laws.
Critics have long accused Maduro of violating the countrys constitution, with the US and other Western countries accusing him of taking power through a military coup in 2002.
Maduro has repeatedly denied the allegations, and said he had a right to hold the country to account, even though he has not been formally charged with crimes.
In the first days of December, the country was rocked by an earthquake and a devastating explosion at the presidential palace.
Maduro was forced to flee the country, but the US said it was not responsible for the deadly blast.
On the eve of the state of emergency, a group of opposition lawmakers, who have been demanding the imposition of a recall referendum on Maduro, said they were in negotiations with the government to establish a constitutional commission to look into the situation.