Las Posadas Christmas Preparation Hispanic Community Waltham

I had the privilege of participating in “Las Posadas” with the Hispanic Community of St. Mary’s in Waltham.

Las posadas means “the inns” or “the shelters” in Spanish. A religious and social celebration that takes place for nine nights, from December 16th to 24th, the holiday known as Las Posadas commemorates Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter prior to the birth of Christ. Las Posadas is a reenactment of this difficult journey. It is an elaborate preparation for La Navidad (Christmas) in Mexico and some Central American countries.

This tradition dates back to the sixteenth century and St. Ignatius Loyola, who used an Aztec festival to teach about the birth of Christ. He also wanted to replace the nine-day celebration of the birth of the Aztec Sun god with a Christian celebration. What started as a novena, or nine days of prayer, eventually moved from the church to the community and was celebrated in people’s homes.

Las Posadas includes a procession led by children, followed by adults and musicians. They travel to a different house in the village or neighborhood each night looking for lodging. When they enter the designated house, they begin the evening with prayer; soon after, the celebration begins, full of music, fireworks, food, candy, and treats for all. Children and adults alike anticipate this joyous religious occasion.

What a great way to prepare for Christmas!!

Below are some pictures:

Two turtledoves

Two turtledoves

 

Young people playing Joseph and Mary

Young people playing Joseph and Mary

 

Is there room at the Inn?

Is there room at the Inn?

 

They made it inside!

They made it inside!

 

Let the Festivities begin

Let the Festivities begin

Yummy Deserts!!

Yummy Deserts!!

The pastor Fr. Michael Nolan taking care of the youngest of the group

The pastor Fr. Michael Nolan taking care of the youngest of the group

 

Singing their hearts out

Singing their hearts out

Gustavo and Leiri singing

Gustavo and Leiri singing

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