Las Posadas

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  This year in my 2nd through 5th grade Spanish classes, we will be learning about a Mexican Christmas tradition. This is a coultural celebration called " Las Posadas". We will be learing about when the celebration takes place and what it is comprised of. We will also be learning about  traditions and celebrations that take place here  in the U.S. as well as in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. If you have any questions , please feel free to email me at: 


Written by : The editors of Encycopeedia Britannica.

  " Las Posadas, (Spanish : The Inns) religious festival celebrated in Mexico and some parts of the United States between December 16 and 24. Las Posadas commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus. When they were unable to find lodging in Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary were forced to seek shelter in a stable,where the Christ Child was born. A child dressed as an angel leads a procession  through the streets of town. The procession is primarily made up of children dressed in silver and gold robes carrying lit candles and images of Mary and Joseph riding a donkey. Adults, including musicians,follow the procession, which visits selected homes and ask for lodging for Joseph and Mary. Traditionally, the procession is always refused lodging, though the host often provide refreshments. At each stop , passages of scripture are read and Christmas carols are sung.

  Mass is held each day after the procession, at the conclusion of the service,children break open pinatas filled with candy,toys and occasionally money. The pinatas are usually crafted in the form of a star, which is said to have guided the three wise men of biblical tradition to the newborn Jesus."