Celebrate Las Posadas at the library!

posadas

The Northern Resource Center is excited to be hosting, in conjunction with El Consulado de Mexico, a traditional Mexican Posada this Friday, Dec. 19th at 1:00 pm.

As part of the Christmas celebration, traditional fiestas called Mexican posadas (inns) are held for family, friends, and neighbors. A posada is the reenactment of the Census pilgrimage to Bethlehem by Mary and Joseph (los peregrinos, or pilgrims) in search of a room. From December 16th through December 24th, Mexican families customarily hold a posada party one evening in each of their homes.

During the reenactment, the posada hosts act as the inn keepers while their guests act as the pilgrims (los peregrinos). Holding lighted candles, each group takes turns singing verses to each other.  Then the inn keeper hosts open the door and welcome the pilgrims inside.

Although primarily a religious holiday, Mexican holidays always offer an opportunity to enjoy a fiesta in true Mexican fashion. Posada parties are not only marked by traditional rituals but are also filled with cheerful socializing, authentic food, and fun for the entire family, including a special Christmas drink (Ponche), a crispy sugary dessert (Bunuelos), activities for the children and a piñata filled with candy.

We hope that many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to experience the Christmas season from a multicultural point of view. The event is free and open to everyone.

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