Las Posados: December 16-24
This 9 day festival is central to Navidad (Christmas) celebrations in Mexico. This is a neighbourhood festival that commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph, who could not find posadas, (Spanish for “lodging”) before the birth of Jesus. A procession, including people dressed as Angels, Saints and the Holy Family, marches through the neighbourhood, knocking on doors looking for a place to stay. Like Mary and Joseph, they are refused, until finally the parade ends at one home where they are welcomed in. Feasting ensues, including a pinata for the children.
Find out more:
- Los Posadas: A Mexican Tradition
- Las Posados: Brittanica.com
- America Magazine
- Aleteia: Los Posados
- Journey Mexico: Posados
Be sure to check out our display, “Holidays & Holy Days,” at your School Library.