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    Christmas In Mexico Christmas In Mexico Presentation Transcript

    • Christmas in México (Navidad en México) Click
      • Variety of activities that span the period from December 16th to January 6th.
      • The celebration are the fusion of indigenous and Spanish traditions.
    • LAS POSADAS
      • fiestas , which represent Joseph and Mary's arduous pilgrimage on their way to Bethlehem,
      • There are nine posadas , from the 16 to the 24 of December , because they symbolize Mary's nine months of pregnancy
    • LA PIÑATA
      • A tradition that involves breaking a star shaped papier-mâché container full of sweets, seasonal fruits, and small toys
      • A stick is used, and the piñata is hung on a cord, which in turn is moved around to make it difficult for the person with the stick
      • You will hear the parents and children singing special Piñata songs including a verse which says:
      • “ no quiero oro
      • ni quiero plata
      • yo lo que quiero
      • es romper la piñata”
      • (“I don’t need gold, nor do I desire silver
      • All that I want is to break the piñata!” )
      • * * * * * * *
      • "¡Dale,  dale,  dale,
      • no pierdas el tino,
      • porque si lo pierdes,
      • pierdes el camino,!"     
      • ("Strike it, Strike it, Strike it,
      • don't lose your aim,  
      • because if you lose it,
      • you won't find your way!" )
    • PASTORELAS
      • The Pastorelas in Mexico starts as simple parables of the struggle of good against evil.
      • The light, humor-filled pastorelas are re-enactments of the shepherds' adoration of the Christ Child
    • NACIMIENTOS
      • Nativity scenes in wood, clay, metal, glass, wax, straw and almost any material you can think of, are another rich expression of popular art
      Nativity Crèche
    • FLOR DE NOCHE BUENA (Poinsettias)
      • native to Mexico
      • In Náhuatl they were called Cuitlaxochitl or star flowers
      • in Spanish they are known as Noche Buena
    • NOCHE BUENA
      • 24th December
      • Several church celebrations
      • Modern influences have introduced the Christmas tree and Santa Claus
      • Opening of gifts
      • Piñatas and luces de Belen (sparklers)
      • Traditional Christmas supper
      • homemade tamales and atole (corn gruel)
      • or other regional dishes: roast turkey, ham or suckling pig are other popular menu items;
      • as well as Romeritos (a herb) in Mole (a spicy chocolate sauce) with shrimps and potatoes;
      • and Bacalao - cod served a la vizcaina , a Basque dish.
      • The traditional dessert is colación , a mixture of candies and bu ñ uelos
      • Ponche (a hot fruit punch), sidra (sparkling cider) or other spirits are served for the holiday brindis (toast).
    • NAVIDAD (Christmas day) December 25
      • A large reunion
      • Mean meal around three o’clock in the afternoon, what it is known as “ recalentado ”, because the Christmas meal is reheated from the previous night
    • AÑO NUEVO
      • 31st December - 1st January
      • Big party, is ushered in with an abundance of noise, of wonderful fireworks and hundreds of skyrockets.
      • Friends and families celebrate with huge bonfires, music, food and dancing
      • Custom: 12 grapes at midnight, each one on the strike of the bell, for good luck in each one of the following twelve months
      • family toasts with apple cider and start to eat (supper is the same as the Christmas)
    • DIA DE REYES
      • 6th January
      • Twelfth Night, Epiphany, Three Kings Day, January 6th
      • The tradition in Mexico for Dia de Reyes , Kings Day, is for children to leave their shoes outside the door so they can be filled with gifts from the Magi (Three Kings: Melchior, Gaspar and Baltazar), commemorating the gifts carried by the them to the Christ Child
      • Eating the traditional: “ Rosca de Reyes”
      • Special bread made for the occasion in the form of a crown, decorated with dried fruits and hiding in its midst one or several little dolls
      • The guest who finds the doll (representing the infant Jesus) in their slice of Rosca give a party on February 2nd, Candelaria , with tamales and atole for all.
    • DECORATION
    •  
      • ¡FELIZ NAVIDAD
      • Y
      • PRÓSPERO AÑO NUEVO!
      • chucho1943