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Las Posadas – Making room in the inn

Cecilia Gomez describes the Mexican tradition of reenacting Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter

Las Posadas – Making room in the inn ISTOCK/JOSEPH SORRENTINO

THE WORD POSADA MEANS ‘INN’ OR ‘SHELTER’ in Spanish. Posadas are an important Mexican Christmas tradition and feature prominently in the festivities. These community celebrations take place on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from 16th – 24th December.

In this tradition, the Bible story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for a place to stay is reenacted. The tradition also involves a special song, el canto para pedir posada (the song to ask for shelter), as well as Mexican Christmas carols and piñatas.

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