Sunday, 22 November 2015

Mexican Christmas Traditions - Posadas in Barra de Navidad 2015

Traditional Mexican Nativity Scene

♬ ♪ ♮♫♭♩ Humildes peregrinos Jesús, María y José
Mi alma os doy, y con ella mi corazón también ♬ ♪ ♮♫♭♩

Posadas traditionally begin on Dec 16th when the Nativity Scene is set up in most of the houses in Mexico, and the last posada is on Dec. 24th. In a traditional Posada the Rosary is prayed and images of Joseph and Mary are taken on a pilgrimage by the "peregrinos" (pilgrims) carrying candles and "bengala" lights and singing the traditional songs looking for a place to stay where Jesus will be born.During the pilgrimage Joseph and Mary are rejected until they are finally allowed in a place where Jesus will be born. 

Traditional songs are sung by the participants, a piñata with seven cones (that represent the seven capital sins) full of candies, oranges, mandarins and sugar cane pieces  is broken and bags with colaciones (special type of candy for posadas), cookies, oranges, mandarins, sugar cane pieces and peanuts (bolos) are given to all the attendants.
Posadas can be organized by families, friends, neighbors, churches, companies, etc. The following is the program of the Posadas organized by the Church in Barra de Navidad where everybody is welcome to participate.
Posadas 2015 in Barra de Navidad Program
Christmas Traditions in Mexico - Posadas in Barra de Navidad, Jal.

Posadas in Barra de Navidad 2015
Coming Soon!
On the first day the Belén also called Nacimiento (Nativity Scene) and Christmas tree are set up in the houses.
The Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. or 8:00 pm in the barrio and sectores following the Mass and Posada at the church in the corresponding area. 
  • Dec. TBD - San Felipe 
  • Dec. TBD - El Aguacate
  • Dec. TBD - Sector 2
  • Dec. TBD - Colimilla
  • Dec. TBD - Sector  3 de Barra de Navidad
  • Dec. TBD - Sector  4 de Barra de Navidad
  • Dec. TBD - Brisas de la Navidad
  • Dec. TBD - Sector 1 en Templo Parroquial.
  • Dec. TBD - Sector 5
  • Dec. TBD - Colonia Ejidal, Las Perlitas and Gallo Colorado . Rosary and Posada at 8:30 pm 

Posadas in Barra de Navidad barrio "San Felipe de Jesús"

Join the enthusiastic Doña Petra and neighbors of the Barra de Navidad barrio "San Felipe de Jesús" in their traditional "Posadas in the barrio".   accompanied with their children dressed up as Joseph, Mary, shepherds and devils.


Traditional Mexican Christmas Posada in Barra de Navidad barrio "San Felipe de Jesús"

 Dec. 16th till Dec. 24th. 2013 : The Rosary is prayed around 7:00 pm every day at the barrio church. After the rosary children and adults walk in a parade singing Mexican Christmas carols toward the street where "la posada" takes place.

All the attendants to the "posada" participate singing the verses of the reenactment of Joseph and Mary looking for lodging. A pinata that represent the evil or 7 sins (if it has seven cones) is broken by the children with a stick that represents the triumph of good over evil. The pinata is filled with fruits like pieces of sugar cane, mandarins, oranges, peanuts and candies.
An appetizer is served and children are given "bolos" bags with traditional Mexican Christmas candies and cookies and also fruits..

      Note -  Barra de Navidad barrio church is located at the corner of O. Indico and Ejidatarios streets (one block north from Nueva España, a few steps from Abarrotes "Pelayo". Barra de Navidad Mapquest map shows all the streets of Barra de Navidad including the Barrio streets.
      Christmas in Mexico Posadas in Barra de Navidad, Jal.  Dec. 2013









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