What are Las Posadas Navideñas in México? In Mexico, the Christmas holidays begin unofficially with the saint’s day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The festivities are in full swing with the beginning of the posadas — celebrated each evening from December 16 to 24. They are, in fact, a novenario — nine days of religious observance based on the nine months that Mary carried Jesus in her womb.
The posadas re-enact Mary and Joseph’s cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter; in Spanish, “posada” means “inn”.
Traditionally, a party is held each night in a neighborhood home. At dusk, guests gather outside the house with children dressed as shepherds, angels and sometimes, Mary and Joseph. An angel leads the procession, followed by Mary and Joseph or by guests carrying their images. The adults follow, carrying lighted candles.
The “pilgrims” sing a song asking for shelter, and the hosts sing a reply, finally opening the doors to the guests and offering hot ponche, fried rosette cookies known as buñuelos, steaming hot tamales and other festive foods. The party ends with a piñata in the shape of the Christmas star. The last posada, held on December 24, is followed by midnight mass.
Local Posada Celebrations:
On December 15 at 1:00pm come to the La Manga Community Center in La Manga to experience a Posada first hand. The Community Center is the ‘open’ building before the turn up the hill to Rositas Restaurant.
There will be a Christmas scene display for Christmas photos to be taken with Santa.Clothing, used or new, is needed especially for babies and toddlers.