Friday, December 6, 2013

Las Posadas

Las Posadas, literally “the shelters”,  is a time of celebration in Mexico and the Southwestern United States. It is an event of much significance with joy, preparation and festivity. It is a novena for the feast of the Nativity. It begins on the 16th of December and ends on December 24th with Midnight Mass.

   Las Posadas probably had it’s origins in 1587, with Father Diego de Soria, who introduced the devotion in his church in Alcoman. It became popular and spread to communities across Mexico, where it was celebrated in homes and neighborhoods.

  Las Posadas is always observed with much song and celebration. It is the celebration of  Joseph and Mary going from house to house, looking for shelter for the night. People carry lanterns, representing the stars which illuminated the way for shepherds who made their way to the manger. They sing songs on their journey, and people open their doors to 
the pilgrims and share food and drink.

    It is time to open our hearts to give shelter. It is a time of coming together with family and those who live near us. This is a great time to invite friends in for a cup of hot chocolate. Spice it with cinnamon, as they do in Mexico.

- Elizabeth   

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