Las Posadas

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Las Posadas

  1. 1. Christmas in Mexico <br />Las Posadas- Looking for the Inn…<br />Dia de los Reyes- Day of the Kings<br />
  2. 2. It’s celebrated every Christmas season by Mexican families. <br />They recreate the journey of Mary and Joseph on their trek to Bethlehem.<br />What about it? <br />
  3. 3. This tradition began around 1554 near Tenochtitlan.<br />A priest was given permission from the Pope to celebrate nine Misas de Aguinaldo, midnight masses / gift masses.<br />These masses are to mark the 9 days it took Mary and Joseph to find lodging, posada. <br />History…<br />
  4. 4. Las misas begin the night of December 16th and continue until the 24th, la Nochebuena. <br />These masses are celebrated outside each night. <br />When does this start? <br />
  5. 5. Today this begins with a procession led by people that dress up as Joseph and Mary and go door to door. <br />They are followed by “angels” and “shepherds.”<br />The people carry candles and lanterns to light the way, since this begins are dark. <br />After stopping at several houses, they are invited in to rest, enjoy a special meal, a piñata, and dancing. <br />Las Posadas today<br />
  6. 6. A very important tradition in Mexico, and other Latin American countries is having a Natividad, nativity scene, out on display. <br />They make a special space in their home for this.<br />The figures can be any size, and sometimes may even take over the entire room. <br />Collecting figures for the Natividad is never complete. They always add more pieces to this over the years. <br />Nacimiento<br />
  7. 7. When the Natividad is set up on December 16th, los Reyes Magos– the three wisemen, are placed far away and the baby’s crib is empty. <br />After the Misa del Gallo, crows mass/ midnight mass, the baby is placed in the el pesebre, the manger. <br />Los Reyes Magos<br />
  8. 8. The three kings move closer to the baby each day after la Nochebuena. <br />Finally on January 6th, the “Day of the Kings,” they arrive at el pesebre.<br />On January 6th, children receive gifts from los Reyes Magos. <br />For some, the Christmas season ends after January 6thand the arrival of the kings... <br />Los Reyes Magos<br />
  9. 9. Families usually begin to celebrate this a few days before the “arrival” of the kings. <br />The children write letters to their favorite king asking for presents they would like to receive. <br />These letters are usually put inside of a balloon and are released into the sky with all of their wishes inside!<br />Day of the Kings<br />
  10. 10. On the eve of this festive day, the wise men are added to the Natividad. <br />Before going to bed, children place their old shoes under their bed, in the living room, or even outside for los Reyes to leave them presents. <br />They also might even leave a bucket of water and some hay outside to feed the animals of the Kings.<br />January 5th…<br />
  11. 11. The Spaniards continue to celebrate by having large meal together.<br />They make the traditional Rosca de los Reyes, an oval sweetbread that’s decorated with candied fruit. <br />Hidden inside of the rosca is a plastic figurine of baby Jesus. It’s hidden to symbolize a secure place where he could be born and not found. <br />They also serve tamales and hot chocolate. <br />La Merienda de los Reyes<br />
  12. 12. The rosca is cut slice by slice, by a different person. The knife they use is supposed to represent the danger the baby was in.<br />Each person secretly hopes that they do not find the figurine in their slice. <br />Whoever does, will host the Candeleria/ Candle mass day on February 2nd, and must invite everyone at the party they are at.<br />For the rest of the people, Christmas season ends February 2nd. <br />La Rosca…<br />
  13. 13. Christmas season finally ends after February 2nd and celebrating the Candeleria. <br />To bring Christmas to an end, the Nativity is finally packed away. <br />The angel is placed on top of the box to protect the figures until the next year!<br />The end of Christmas season…<br />

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