Dec 16, 2007

Posada

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One of the most notable Christmas traditions in Mexico is the reenactment of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, when they were denied rooms at various inns and finally found shelter in a stable.

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During the Posada, a group with candles (representing Mary and Joseph) go from door to door singing a little tune and being "refused" until they come to the end of the pageant - the final home - where they are finally offered a place to stay.

Nowadays, the word Posada is synonymous with "Christmas Party." Perhaps the most important part of the party (for the children) is the breaking of the piñata and the ensuing sugar-fest.

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Feliz Navidad a todos!

16 comments:

Annika said...

What a wonderful tradition! And that last photo is sweeter than any pinata.

montessori_lori said...

Lovely photos, as always, Meg. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences in Mexico. I love reading about them. Merry Christmas and a very happy new year!

Natalie said...

Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo.

MishaLee said...

Lovely pictures Meg. Do they have a Kings Day celebration in Jan.? My hubby served his mission in Argentina where they do the gift giving on Kings Day.
Have a wonderful day!

Stacey said...

Sounds like a great day, great picts.

Joannof10 said...

Wonderful photos!! I love your site, especially seeing sunny warm weather...we received 2 feet of snow today.

Poppy & Mei said...

Beautiful!
I love pinching stuff from other lands' traditions & lifestyles. Thanks for being a great window!

Em said...

Meg, thanks for sharing this tradition! Someone recently asked me if I knew anything about Posada, and I didn't! My daughter goes to a Spanish/English Dual Language Montessori School, and Wednesday her class is having a Winter Cultural Presentation and pot-luck... I'm supposed to bring a cultural dish... I'm wondering if there's something traditional for Posada? Any ideas??? Em (emandmikeyATaolDOTcom)

Amber said...

Thank you for sharing. It's wonderful to learn of traditions around the world. Great photos, too.

Melissa said...

I've read about Las Posadas before, I'm so glad you shared photos!

jill said...

Wonderful tradition and gorgeous photos! I love the last picture. What a darling little girl! It inspired me to try something new with my daughters hair. Thanks!

macati said...

this was so great learning this!
thanks! the last picture is so cute!

crafty amy said...

I am in love with the little girl in the last picture - so adorable!

Thank you for sharing your traditions with us.

Lindart said...

We talk about Posada in class, it's so cool to see it happening in "real life"! That last picture is a real sweetheart!

sarah said...

wow! I can't even believe it is Christmas with all that sunshine and being outside without warm coats. What a great celebration!

Bridget Benton said...

These are wonderful photos!! Thank you so much for sharing . . .