Las Posadas

A Christmas Journey

What is it?

Las Posadas is English for "The Inns." The Las Posadas is a journey from what the Hispanics believe Mary and Joseph did to find a place for Jesus to be born, this begins through Spain and ends in Mexico. This begins December 16 through December 24.

How is it celebrated?

Two people dress up as Mary and Joseph. Certain houses are designated to be an "inn". The head of the procession will have a candle inside a paper lampshade. At each house, the resident responds by singing a song and Mary and Joseph are finally recognized and allowed to enter. Once the "innkeepers" let them in, the group of guests come into the home and kneel around the Nativity scene to pray (typically with the Rosary). Latin American countries have continued to celebrate this holiday to this day, with very few changes to the tradition. In some places, the final location may be a church instead of a home. Individuals may actually play the various parts of Mary or María and Joseph with the expectant mother riding a real donkey, with attendants such as angels and shepherds acquired along the way, or the pilgrims may carry images of the holy personages instead. Children may carry poinsettias. The procession will be followed by musicians, with the entire procession singing songs such as pedir posada(asking for a place to stay). At the end of each night's journey, there will be Christmas carols, children will break open star-shaped piñatas to obtain candy and fruit hidden inside, and there will be a feast. Piñatas are traditionally made out of clay. It is expected to meet all the invitees in a previous procession.

Why don't we celebrate it?

We celebrate Christmas and not the Las Posadas because when our ancestors came here we developed other traditions but Mexico has older traditions as a town and not with there family like ours. Like Halloween for us and Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. We celebrate these holidays with our family but Mexico celebrates it as a town and there traditions are much older then ours.

Christmas vs Las Posadas

Christmas is all about giving gifts and and celebrating a birth of the savior with your family. Las Posadas is a holiday where the Hispanics get out and go to peoples houses that look like "inns." Christmas we give gifts and in the Posadas they do not give or get gifts. Its all abut a journey in the Posadas but in Christmas its all about Jesus which the Hispanics do not celebrate.
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