Christmas In Mexico

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Christmas In Mexico

  1. 1. Christmas in México (Navidad en México) Click
  2. 2. <ul><li>Variety of activities that span the period from December 16th to January 6th. </li></ul><ul><li>The celebration are the fusion of indigenous and Spanish traditions. </li></ul>
  3. 3. LAS POSADAS
  4. 4. <ul><li>fiestas , which represent Joseph and Mary's arduous pilgrimage on their way to Bethlehem, </li></ul><ul><li>There are nine posadas , from the 16 to the 24 of December , because they symbolize Mary's nine months of pregnancy </li></ul>
  5. 5. LA PIÑATA <ul><li>A tradition that involves breaking a star shaped papier-mâché container full of sweets, seasonal fruits, and small toys </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>You will hear the parents and children singing special Piñata songs including a verse which says: </li></ul><ul><li>“ no quiero oro </li></ul><ul><li>ni quiero plata </li></ul><ul><li>yo lo que quiero </li></ul><ul><li>es romper la piñata” </li></ul><ul><li>(“I don’t need gold, nor do I desire silver </li></ul><ul><li>All that I want is to break the piñata!” ) </li></ul><ul><li>* * * * * * * </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;¡Dale,  dale,  dale, </li></ul><ul><li>no pierdas el tino, </li></ul><ul><li>porque si lo pierdes, </li></ul><ul><li>pierdes el camino,!&quot;      </li></ul><ul><li>(&quot;Strike it, Strike it, Strike it, </li></ul><ul><li>don't lose your aim,   </li></ul><ul><li>because if you lose it, </li></ul><ul><li>you won't find your way!&quot; ) </li></ul>
  7. 7. PASTORELAS <ul><li>The Pastorelas in Mexico starts as simple parables of the struggle of good against evil. </li></ul><ul><li>The light, humor-filled pastorelas are re-enactments of the shepherds' adoration of the Christ Child </li></ul>
  8. 8. NACIMIENTOS <ul><li>Nativity scenes in wood, clay, metal, glass, wax, straw and almost any material you can think of, are another rich expression of popular art </li></ul>Nativity Crèche
  9. 9. FLOR DE NOCHE BUENA (Poinsettias) <ul><li>native to Mexico </li></ul><ul><li>In Náhuatl they were called Cuitlaxochitl or star flowers </li></ul><ul><li>in Spanish they are known as Noche Buena </li></ul>
  10. 10. NOCHE BUENA <ul><li>24th December </li></ul><ul><li>Several church celebrations </li></ul><ul><li>Modern influences have introduced the Christmas tree and Santa Claus </li></ul><ul><li>Opening of gifts </li></ul><ul><li>Piñatas and luces de Belen (sparklers) </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Christmas supper </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>homemade tamales and atole (corn gruel) </li></ul><ul><li>or other regional dishes: roast turkey, ham or suckling pig are other popular menu items; </li></ul><ul><li>as well as Romeritos (a herb) in Mole (a spicy chocolate sauce) with shrimps and potatoes; </li></ul><ul><li>and Bacalao - cod served a la vizcaina , a Basque dish. </li></ul><ul><li>The traditional dessert is colación , a mixture of candies and bu ñ uelos </li></ul><ul><li>Ponche (a hot fruit punch), sidra (sparkling cider) or other spirits are served for the holiday brindis (toast). </li></ul>
  12. 12. NAVIDAD (Christmas day) December 25 <ul><li>A large reunion </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  13. 13. AÑO NUEVO <ul><li>31st December - 1st January </li></ul><ul><li>Big party, is ushered in with an abundance of noise, of wonderful fireworks and hundreds of skyrockets. </li></ul><ul><li>Friends and families celebrate with huge bonfires, music, food and dancing </li></ul><ul><li>Custom: 12 grapes at midnight, each one on the strike of the bell, for good luck in each one of the following twelve months </li></ul><ul><li>family toasts with apple cider and start to eat (supper is the same as the Christmas) </li></ul>
  14. 14. DIA DE REYES <ul><li>6th January </li></ul><ul><li>Twelfth Night, Epiphany, Three Kings Day, January 6th </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Eating the traditional: “ Rosca de Reyes” </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  16. 16. DECORATION
  17. 18. <ul><li>¡FELIZ NAVIDAD </li></ul><ul><li>Y </li></ul><ul><li>PRÓSPERO AÑO NUEVO! </li></ul><ul><li>chucho1943 </li></ul>

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