Hosts Holiday Hot Spots: Mexico
This holiday tradition is brought to us by our HGA Member in Mexico, Destination Mexico. Thank you for sharing this celebration with all of us at HGA!
Posadas is an important part of a Mexican Christmas celebrations. The word posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish, and this tradition re-enacts Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Posadas is held in Mexico on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from December 16th to the 24th. The celebration begins with a procession in which the participants hold candles and sing Christmas carols. There are two parts to the traditional posada song. The first part takes place outside of the house; someone representing Joseph sings and asks for shelter. Then the second part takes place inside the house, as the family inside responds by singing the part of the innkeeper saying that there is no room. The song switches back and forth a few times until finally the innkeeper decides to let them in. The hosts open the door and everyone goes inside.
Once inside the house there is a celebration which can vary from a very big fancy party to a small get-together among friends. Then hosts give the guests food, usually tamales and a hot drink such as ponche or atole.
During the celebration the guests break piñatas and the children are given candy.