The Mexican Posada tradition is religous. It celebrates the pilgrimage of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem in time for the census when all citizens where required to go to their city of birth to be counted. It also happened that Mary was very close to giving birth to her baby, Jesus. Due to a heavy influx of people into Bethlehem all inns were full. After a long trip by donkey, they needed a place to rest and prepare for the birth.
The celebration includes the traditional piñata stuffed with candy, fruit and coins but before you get blindfolded and spun around to try to strike and break the piñata, the party goers are divided into two groups: those who stay inside the house and represent the innkeepers, and those who will go outside and represent the pilgrims.
The word Posada means lodging. The pilgrims were looking for lodging but were continuously turned away. So the group of party guests that represents the pilgrims wanders in a procession holding candles in their hand, and signing a song that introduces Joseph and Mary and asks for lodging telling their story. The guests representing the innkeepers responds in song turning the pilgrims away. The procession continues until they reach the stable and they are invited to enter, the singing concludes, and the party begins.
Posadas are typically held outdoors so you must bundle up. Traditional foods include a hot fruit punch with rum, tamales, atole, colacion, and of course, the piñata. There is also a special song for the piñata.
The posadas celebrate the Advent (coming), and they begin nine days before Christmas but of course, in Mexico we like to celebrate a lot so we have Pre Posadas which many times are a good reason for a party.
To celebrate the opening of my new studio space, I am having a Pre Posada on December 11, 2010. The celebration takes place at the studio, located in the same building but on the other side of the courtyard.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
3:00 to 6:00 pm.
West Loop Building
4848 Guiton Street (upstairs)
(inside the Loop, off Richmond, behind NTB Tire)
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