Sunday, December 16, 2012

Countdown, Day 16: Las Posadas

Popular in Mexico, Christmas festivities begin with Las Posadas~~
 a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem.
For eight days at dusk from December 16-24, celebrants gather outside the doors of neighborhood houses and when Mary and Joseph ask to come in, they are rejected. Finally, on the 9th evening, the hosts open their doors to posadas guests and offer hot ponche, fried rosette cookies (bunuelos), steaming  hot tamales and other festive foods.
The party ends with a pinata in the shape of a Christmas star.
 
Children (dressed as Joseph, left, an angel and Mary, right) re-enact a Christmas posada.
 image: Mexconnect
   
This tradition may have been started in the 16th century by Friar San Ignacio de Loyala or Friar Pedro de Gant in Mexico who combined Spanish Catholicism with the December Aztec celebration of the birth of Huitzilopochtli.
 
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3 comments:

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I have not heard of this ... very sweet.

Fondly,
Glenda

helen tilston said...

Sounds like a beautiful festival and a reminder of what Christmas is about

Thanks

Helen xx

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Sweet! My fave is the live nativity re-enactments down here...the sun going down, the palm trees in silhouette...much like it was over there.