What are some activities associated with Las Posadas?
Adults, including musicians, follow the procession, which visits selected homes and asks for lodging for Joseph and Mary. Traditionally, the procession is always refused lodging, though the hosts often provide refreshments. At each stop, passages of scripture are read and Christmas carols are sung.
What do children do on Las Posadas?
For children, the highlight of the night is often the breaking of the piñata, a brightly decorated paper (or pottery) container filled with candy and toys. The Posadas piñatas are often in the shape of seven-pointed stars. The children put on blindfolds and take turns hitting the suspended piñata with a stick.
What games do they play on Las Posadas?
A popular game on Las Posadas is the breaking of a piñata. The piñata is a decorated clay or Paper Mache container filled with candy. Typically designed in the shape of a seven-pointed star for the Las Posadas tradition, the piñata is suspended from a ceiling or another high place.
What fun event for the children usually takes place at the end of each posada?
Piñatas are always a fun way to connect to Latin American culture, and given that piñatas are a key facet of the posada experience, a piñata-making project would be a perfect addition to any classroom study of las posadas.
How do you celebrate Las Posadas at home?
Give each person a candle and a few sparklers. The candles are lit during the singing and procession (caminata) and the sparklers are lit at the end just before dinner. The outside group approaches the first door, singing. The inside group responds in song, but does not open the door.
What are three traditions of Posadas?
Must-haves for a successful posada
- Piñatas. Although they have mostly lost their original religious meaning, piñatas remain an essential part of las posadas.
- Aguinaldo or Bolo.
- Ponche Navideño (Mexican Christmas Fruit Punch)
- Winter Holiday in Colonial Mexico.
- Holidays in Mexico City & the Riviera Maya.
What fun event for the children usually takes place at the end of each Posada?
What are Las Posadas traditions?
Las Posadas is a tradition brought to Latin America by the Spanish and adopted in both Mexico and Guatemala. Starting December 16th at dusk, families, friends, and neighbors dress up as angels and shepherds. Two people are dressed as Mary and Joseph, as well as the innkeeper.
What is posada food?
After the piñata comes dinner: traditional posada fare is tamales, buñuelos, atole and café de olla. The tamales are made with corn dough, softened with lard and beaten until the dough reaches ‘water stage’: a small ball of dough should float when put in a glass of water; if it sinks, it needs to be beaten more.
What are the symbols for Las Posadas?
First, a 7-cone star (estrella) representing the Star of Bethlehem; second, a donkey (burro) representing the animal on which Mary rode pregnant to Bethlehem; and third, a Christmas tree (árbol de Navidad) – all of which are traditional shapes used for the 9 days of Las Posadas, Christmas and the Three Kings in Mexico.