Justice and Peace Issues

December 16 ~ 24 Las Posadas

Beginning on December 16 and ending nine days later, on December 24, Las Posadas commemorates the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy. Each night, one family agrees to house the pilgrims. And so it begins: At dusk, a procession of the faithful takes to the streets with children often dressed as angels and shepherds. Religious figures, images and lighted candles are a part of the festivities.
The group representing the Holy Family stands outside a series of houses, singing songs, asking for lodging. They are refused time and again until the group reaches the designated house. Finally, the travelers are permitted to enter. Prayer and song continue in the home, and festive foods are shared. The evening ends with a piñata in the shape of star.
The tradition continues each evening with a different house as the chosen Posadas. The last night—Christmas Eve—usually features a midnight Mass. The nine days of Las Posadas deepens faith and strengthens ties within the community at a holy time.
Just as Mary and Joseph faced the cold weather—and even colder innkeepers that night—participants brave the elements in bringing their love for the Christ Child to their streets. Las Posadas isn’t about being somber and still during Christmas: It’s about pilgrims and a pilgrimage, rousing song, prayer, and deep faith.

BACKGROUND:
The roots of Las Posadas stretch deeply into Latin culture. It originated in Spain, but it’s been a yearly celebration throughout Mexico for over 400 years. The tradition commemorates Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a warm place to stay the night. (Posadas is Spanish for “lodgings” or “accommodations“)
SYMBOLISM of LAS POSADAS
The nine nights of posadas leading up to Christmas are said to represent the nine months that Jesus spent in Mary’s womb, or to represent a nine-day journey to Bethlehem. The story of the Holy Family leading up to the nativity is an apt metaphor not only for the struggles that migrants are facing at and within our country’s borders, but also the promise that migrants bring. It is for this reason that Las Posadas, a celebration of the coming of Jesus with the focus on the young family finally finding a respite on their journey, is a time for celebration throughout Latin America as well as in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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