In Mexico, Christmas is commemorated from December 12th to January 6th.
From December 16th to Christmas Eve, children typically perform the ‘Posada’ processions or Posadas. Posada is Spanish for Inn or Accommodations. There are 9 Posadas. These commemorate the part of the Christmas story where Joseph and Mary searched for someplace to remain. For the Posadas, the beyond houses are embellished with evergreens, moss and paper lanterns.
< img width ="512" alt="A Posada, through Wikimedia Commons "src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3c/La_tarde_10.jpg/512px-La_tarde_10.jpg"/ > A Posada, through Wikimedia Commons In each Posada, children are provided candles and a board, with painted clay figures of Mary riding on a donkey and Joseph, to process round the streets with. They call at your houses of friends and next-door neighbors and sing a song at each house. The song they sing is about Joseph and Mary requesting a space in the house. However the kids are informed that there is no room in your home and that they should disappear. Ultimately they are informed there is space and are welcomed in! When the kids enter into the house they state prayers of thanks and then they have a celebration with food, video games and fireworks.
Each night a different home holds the Posada party. At the last Posada, on Christmas Eve, a manger and figures of shepherds are put on to the board. When the Posada house has been found, a child Jesus is put into the manger and after that families go to a midnight Church service. After the Church service there are more fireworks to celebrate the start of Christmas.
One game that is often dipped into Posada celebrations is piñata. A piñata is an embellished clay or papier-mâché jar filled with sugary foods and hung from the ceiling or tree branch. The piñata is frequently embellished something like a ball with seven peaks around it. The peaks or spikes represent the ‘seven lethal sins’. Piñata’s can also be in the type of an animal or bird (such as a donkey). To play the game, children are blind-folded and take it in turns to strike the piñata with a stick up until it divides open and the sugary foods put out. Then the kids rush to get as lots of sweets as they can!
Along with the posada’s, there is another type of Christmas play known as Pastorelas (The Shepherds). These inform the story of the shepherds going to discover the baby Jesus and are typically very funny. The devil tries to stop the shepherds by appealing them along the way. But the shepherds always get there in the end, often with the aid of the Archangel Michael, who comes and beats the devil!
Nativity scenes, referred to as the ‘nacimiento’, are incredibly popular in Mexico. They are often large, with the figures being life size! In some cases an entire space in a house is used for the nacimiento, although this is less common now. The figures are frequently made from clay and are traditionally given through families. Along with the regular figures of the Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Shepherds and Three Kings, there are typically lots of other figures of different individuals, including women making tortillas, individuals offering food and different animals and birds, like flamingos! The figures can be purchased from markets in cities all over Mexico. The child Jesus is normally contributed to the scene during the night of Christmas Eve. The 3 Kings are added at Surprise.
Christmas Trees are becoming more popular in Mexico, but the main/most crucial decor is still the nacimiento.
Christmas Eve is referred to as ‘Noche Buena’ and is a household day. Individuals typically participate in the final Posada and after that at night have the main Christmas meal. Popular meals for the main Christmas meal consist of Pozole (a thick soup made with hominy, chicken or pork and chilies with is topped with greens), roast turkey, roast pork, tamales, bacalao (salt cod), romeritos (a green veggie that’s prepared in a mole sauce with potatoes and shrimps) and there are generally salads functioned as side dishes such as Ensalada Nochebuena (Christmas Eve salad). For dessert bunuelos are popular, they are fried pastries sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon or a hot sugar syrup. Bunuelos come in 2 shapes flat and round/ball! To consume there might be Ponche (a warm Christmas punch made with fruit) and Rompope (a drink like egg nog which typically has rum added to it!).
At midnight, lots of people go to a Midnight Mass service, known as the ‘Misa de Gallo’ (which means Mass of the Rooster as individuals are up early like Roosters!). There are great deals of fireworks to commemorate Christmas Day.
Poinsettia flowers are referred to as ‘nochebuena’ (Christmas Eve) flowers in Mexico.
People in Mexico likewise celebrate ‘los santos inocentes’ or ‘Day of the Innocent Saints’ on December 28th and it’s extremely like April Fools Day in the UK and USA. 28th December is when individuals remember the babies that were killed on the orders of King Herod when he was trying to eliminate the baby Jesus.
In some states in Mexico kids expect Santa Claus to come on December 24th. In the south of Mexico kids anticipate presents on January 6th at Surprise, which is called ‘el Dia de los Reyes’.
On el Dia de los Reyes the presents are left by the 3 Kings (or Magi). If you have actually had a go to from Santa on Christmas Eve, you might also get some candy on el Dia de los Reyes!
It’s conventional to consume an unique cake called ‘Rosca de Reyes’ (Three Kings Cake) on Surprise. A figure of Child Jesus is hidden inside the cake. Whoever has the baby Jesus in their piece of cake is the ‘Godparent’ of Jesus for that year.
Another crucial day, is La Candelaria ‘the Candles’ or Virgen de la Candelaria ‘Virgin of Lights or Candles’ (this is also called Candlemas in other countries around the globe) on the second February and it marks the end of the Mexican Christmas celebrations. Great deals of Mexicans have a celebration for Candelaria.
In Mexico, provides may likewise be brought by ‘El Niñito Dios’ (infant Jesus) & Santo Clós (Santa Claus)
In Mexico most people speak Spanish (Español), so Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Feliz Navidad’. In the Nahuatl (spoken in some parts of central Mexico) it’s ‘Cualli netlācatilizpan’ and in the Yucatec Maya language (spoken in some parts of the Yucatán Peninsula) it’s ‘Ki’imak “navidad”‘. Happy/Merry Christmas in lots more languages.
The largest ever Angel Ornament was made in Mexico. It was made in January 2001 by Sergio Rodriguez in the town of Zozaya in the state of Nuevo León. The angel was 18′ 3″” high and had wing span of 11′ 9″! Maybe the most remarkable thing about the angel was that it was entirely constructed out of old beer bottles, 2946 of them!