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  • P. Martin

The Posadas, Christmas Tradition


The posadas represent the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem. During the night, they looked for a place to stay, hence the term “ask for a lodging”. It takes place from December 16 to 24 in preparation for Christmas. This tradition immerses families, and especially children, in the mystery of the birth of Jesus, preparing us with hope and joy.

This tradition also includes the recitation of the rosary and a meal for the attendees. The children break piñatas and receive a "bolo" or "aguinaldo" that consists of a bag of candies. The piñatas are generally made in the shape of a star, which symbolizes the star that guided the three Wise Men to the manger. This is an active way of integrating children to educate them in the faith.

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