Posadas in Mexico: a tradition for all Mexican families
When mexican families start to hum “dale dale dale, no pierdas el tino (as in english: hit it hit it, don’t miss the shot)” buy fruits like jicama, tamarind, sugar and raw sugar cane to the punch, start to prepare the season with flares and lights to decorate our homes … We know that the time has come for Mexican posadas!
This tradition is shared not only between families but among co-workers and large institutions. The goal for many is to celebrate and start this season with the Christmas spirit, but few really know what these traditions mean. A bit of history reminds us of a festival with great spiritual significance.
The pilgrims of the Holy Night is a tradition that is installed in streets and squares since the colonial era. Some indigenous elements were taken wsince ancient times and incorporated as the celebration of the advent of Huitzilopochtli (God of war) during the winter or Panquetzaliztli, which ranged from December 17th to December 26. Other elements were incorporated entirely from the Christian tradition like the piñata that represents evil to be overcome by faith.
In modern times, posada is welcomed both as a religious celebration representing the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph, and the party to be held outside mexican homes. The magic of breaking the piñata with a stick, and watching the fruit coming out filled with peanuts, fruit, candies is a magical moment. Moreover, The mexican dinner with tamales, atole, chocolate is delicious. Meanwhile, you hear the exquisite decembrine music night with rockets in the sky and the laughter of children anxiously awaiting the arrival of Christmas.