Celebrating Christmas in Rocky Point, Mexico can be a unique and unforgettable experience. In place of a white Christmas, you may find a very colorful set of festivities and traditions. The celebrations start 0 days before Christmas, on Dec. 16, with the traditional Posadas .
Nine consecutive days of candlelight processions in which families get together to reenact the Holy Family's quest for lodging in Bethlehem . The organizers often choose a little girl to be the Virgin Mary (Virgin Maria) sometimes perched on a live donkey (burro) followed by a little boy representing Saint Joseph (San Jose) and they are usually followed by other children dressed as angels and a host of (Pastores and Pastoras) shepards and shepardesses. The little procession will go to a determined house in the neighborhood and everyone outside the door sings the traditional “ Inn ” music (Posada) holding candles.
Many times, little papers with the lyrics of the whole song are given together with the candles so that everyone knows what comes next and can join in singing. The people inside the house will respond. It goes something like this: “In the name of heaven I ask you for Inn , for just one night, since my beloved wife cannot walk anymore”.
Then the ones inside respond:“This is no Inn, I can't open the door, it could be a thief".
This singing dialog will go on with the ones outside explaining that they are Mary and Joseph and that she will be the Holy Mother until the Inn keeper (people inside) will say: “Come in Saint Pilgrims, receive my humble home, it is not much but I give it to you with my heart”.
Then the door of the house will open and everyone will go inside singing together and the party starts. There will be traditional food including atole and tamales and the holiday classic warm fruit punch made with seasonal fruits, raisins, cinnamon and sugar (to which adults might add rum or other alcoholic beverage). Music Christmas carols and colorful holiday motifs are a must, but most important is getting together for good holiday cheer. Some families like to give sparklers to the kids, or gather around a fire.
Then, at the end of the party, children will break a Piñata which also has a traditional meaning: the 7 coned star piñata represents the 7 capital sins and in breaking all sins the children receive the reward of candy and fruit.
Many of these traditions have been incorporated from the Pre-Hispanic culture that the Spaniards found and then change using them as a way to teach Christianity to the natives. Some think the Posadas started with the ancient Aztec winter celebration for “Huitzilopochtli”, God of the Sun. The dates for this holiday coincide with the nine days when the Aztecs celebrated the birth of Huitzilopochtli.
It is believed that Augustine Monks trying to teach Christianity maintained the celebrations, changing the characteristics (and characters), and giving it a Christian meaning, thus incorporating it into the Christmas holiday. Posadas are celebrated not only in Mexico, but in most of Latin America . It is one beautiful and lasting tradition that helps families and neighbors stay together and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.
You can join these lively posadas or organize your own, any day between Dec.
16 th and 24 th is an appropriate time for gathering friends and family, and most importantly to sing, celebrate and rejoice. FELIZ NAVIDAD!
Author: RealtyExecutives Mexico
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