Posada tradition in Mexico for expats

Everything You Need To Know About a Mexican Posada

A posada is a tradition that began in Mexico over 400 years ago. But what exactly is a Mexican Posada and how do they celebrate it?

In this article, we explore everything you need to know about a traditional Mexican Posada.

What is a Mexican Posada?

Although Las Posadas is best known in Mexico and some parts of the United States. It is celebrated on December 16 and 23.

It 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.

What do Mexicans do in Posadas?

Every night from December 16th to December 24th, people in Mexico celebrate Las posadas, a nine-night celebration of the birth of Jesus.

The Posadas are an important element of Christmas celebrations in Mexico. On each night, people go to a party at a different home.

They commemorate Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging by forming a procession to that evening’s location and symbolically asking for shelter.

How does a posada work in Mexico?

Posada celebration is a Mexican tradition. It’s the time when families get together to honor the birth of Jesus by going from house to house, carrying lighted candles, singing songs, and eating tamales.

What is countries celebrate Las Posadas?

Las Posadas is a Spanish-speaking tradition that originated among the peasantry of Spain and Latin America. It is also celebrated in Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba, and by Hispanics in the United States.

Do people give gifts during Las Posadas?

The traditional giving of gifts during Las Posadas is a modern-day innovation. Usually, gifts are not given during the Las Posadas however in modern times gifts can be given in a fun exchange event like a ‘secret santa’.

What do people eat during Mexican Posadas?

The tamale is a traditional Mexican dish that is most enjoyed during the Holiday season.

The making and serving of tamales around Christmas time and Mexican Posadas is special; it represents the bringing together of family and friends to share in a labor of love, assembling and rolling dozens of tamales to be enjoyed by the entire neighborhood.

Pambazos are a Mexican sandwich made with sturdy white bread, which is often served with papas con chorizo and red pepper sauce. They can be eaten at any time of the year, particularly at the nine-day celebration of Las Posadas.

Churros originated in Mexico, where they are a popular dessert. Churros are a sweet dough that is extruded through a tube and deep-fried. They can be eaten alone but are often served with a sugar and cinnamon mixture.

In a Mexican Posadas celebration, people eat pozole, meaning Mexican stew made with hominy. The stew is made from chicken or pork mixed with chili spices and garlic. Pozole depends on the hominy, which is a robust corn product common in Latin American cuisine.

Ponche, a warm fruit punch made with a medley of fruits native to Mexico, is the beverage traditionally enjoyed during the Posadas. It can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic depending on the person who makes it.

What do people decorate for Las Posadas?

In Latin America, for the Posadas, people decorate their homes with evergreen wreaths, moss, and paper lanterns.

In each Posada, children are given candles and a board, with painted clay figures of Mary riding on a donkey and Joseph.

These figures are placed in baskets to be carried around the streets during the celebration.

Are you celebrating with a Las Posada? Caribe Luxury Homes team wish you a safe and Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year!

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