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Santa Rosa’s “Las Posadas” goes on until Christmas Eve

Las Posadas, one of Latin America’s most striking holiday traditions, began on Dec. 17th in Santa Rosa [see location below] and beyond

As carolers from Resurrection Catholic Church of Santa Rosa prepare to hold Las Posadas from now till Christmas Eve, they will take part in a tradition which is especially popular in Mexico, where it dates back to the Middle Ages.   source: La Prensa.

When?

Everyday at 7pm in the Father Shaw Religious Education Building
303 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa.

 

With carolers singing as they carry flickering candles amid the darkness of December nights, Las Posadas is one of Latin America’s most striking holiday traditions.

Beginning on December 17th and ending Christmas Eve, carolers from Resurrection Catholic Church of Santa Rosa are taking part in the Las Posadas tradition, which is especially popular in Mexico where it dates back to the Middle Ages.

In that tradition, Resurrection Church is reciting the Holy Rosary and offering snacks and candy for kids each evening at 7 p.m. through Dec. 24 at the Father Shaw Religious Education Building, 303 Stony Point Road.

A street procession will take place Dec. 25th that will reenact the travel of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem as they tried to find a place to stay the night, often rejected, during the first Christmas night.

Las Posadas has been finding a way with non-Latinos in the U.S. It is especially popular with children and those who love the holidays.

 

History:

 

Las Posadas commemorates the journey of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their search for shelter in preparation for to Jesus’ birth.

Las Posadas has been played out from December 16th to 24th in Mexico and other Latin American countries for centuries.

Traditionally, participants will travel from house to house, as Joseph and Mary did in Bethlehem, only to be turned away.

While the traveling carolers, representing Joseph and Mary, sing “Villancico Para Pedir Posada (“Searching for an Inn.”) The people inside the house respond by singing the part of the innkeepers turning them away.

 

The tradition began in he 16th century when Jesuit priests came to New Spain (Mexico) to convert the natives to Roman Catholicism.

In 1586, a Spanish missionary in Mexico obtained a papal bull from Pope Sixtus V. The bull permitted late-night masses during those days.

At the time, the natives celebrated a nine-day feast honoring the coming of an Aztec sun god. The missionaries adapted the nine-day framework to Christianity.

Historians believe Las Posadas was a way to convert the Indigenous people of Mexico to Catholicism, by retelling the Christmas story as a sort of a people’s play in the middle of the streets, during the darkest nights of the year.

 

The song:

Here is the traditional song of Mexico when hitting the pinata.

Dale, dale, dale,
No pierdas el tino,
Porque si lo pierdes
Pierdes el camino.

Ya le diste uno,
Ya le diste dos,
Ya le diste tres
Y tu tiempo se acabó.

 

If you go!

What: Las Posadas. A Holiday tradition from Mexico and other parts of Latin America that reenacts the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Carolers sing as they go from a church to neighboring streets. After the candlelit procession, children often hit a piñata and Mexican sweet bread and hot drinks, like champurrado, are shared with participants.

Where: Resurrection Catholic Church, 303 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa

When: Daily 7 p.m. until Saturday, Dec. 25th.

Contact: Angel Melendez, 707-790-9384

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