How Is Christmas Celebrated In Mexico?

Navidad, Pachuca|© YIRO5005/WikiCommons

Navidad, Pachuca|© YIRO5005/WikiCommons While countries like the US and the UK celebrate Christmas over maybe a three-day duration at best, from December 24th to 26th, Mexico goes one better– practically one month better really! Festivities throughout the nation start on December 12th and extend right through to January sixth the list below year. So just how precisely is this vacation duration celebrated?Everything gets started with the custom of posadas. While this actually equates to’ inn ‘, over the yuletide duration it refers to a series of processions

or parties in which both children and adults get involved . Traditionally, each night from December 16th through to Christmas Eve, various houses are decorated and children pass from door to door to sing a tune and ask if there’s a metaphorical’ room at the inn’. This recreation of the Christmas tale which sees Mary and Joseph doing similar thing, just ends on Christmas Eve when they are lastly welcomed in to celebrate and enjoy the party. In practice however, a posada most commonly describes a generic Christmas party enjoyed in the added to the joyful season, with an abundance of food, drink and, naturally, piñatas. Piñata │

| © S. Alexis/Flickr Aside from the posada custom, Mexico is widely known for its love of an over-the-top Nativity scene, or nacimiento. While lots of houses will set out their own interpretation, town centres likewise go mad for the custom, with many places producing substantial replicas of the manger, surrounded by animals, the Three Kings and shepherds. Child Jesus, the undeniable piece de resistance, isn’t included till December 24th nevertheless. Extra-large Mexican Christmas figures|© Nick/Flickr Mentioning which, in Mexico, unlike the United States and the UK, Christmas Eve bears the impact of the celebrations rather than December 25th correct. Otherwise referred to as nochebuena, Mexicans will usually take part in the final posada celebrations prior to taking pleasure in a big and lavish household meal and heading to mass to ring in Christmas Day. It isn’t uncommon for there to be fireworks and heaps of poinsettia flowers(a.k.a. flores de nochebuena) present throughout this time either. As in most of the Western world, the tradition of embellishing a Christmas tree has likewise removed in Mexico. Again, in town centres right over the festive period, you’re likely to come across enormous examples in the central plaza, decked out with lights and decors to mark the occasion.An extra Christmas duration celebration in Mexico is that of Día de Los Santos Inocentes on December 28th, not to be confused with Día de Los Angelitos which happens on November 1st. The most simple explanation for this day of mischief making is that it’s the Mexican version of April Fools ‘Day. Flor de nochebuena │ |

© David Flores/Flickr But what about Santa Claus ?! Well, he does’exist’

(so to speak)in Mexican Christmas events, although he comes by Mexico on the night of December 23rd and early hours of December 24th to leave presents. Normally, Mexican kids used to anticipate the shipment of their much longed for presents on the Día de Los Reyes(January 6th, otherwise referred to as Epiphany ). They would compose a letter to the Reyes Magos, before sending it into the sky connected to a balloon and leaving a shoe on their windowsill in which to get the presents. While this tradition withstands in the south of the nation, most other places have actually embraced a more Western approach to present delivery. Even without presents however, January sixth marks a crucial date in the Mexican Christmas calendar, as it’s when the sweet bread called Rosca de Reyes is consumed. Concealed within this oval shaped loaf, which is decorated with jellied sugary foods, are tiny figurines of child Jesus. However you don’t want to be the one to find him in your piece, because tradition dictates that the Jesus-finder needs to purchase everybody tamales on February second during Candelaria, or Candlemas. Santa Claus| © Esparta Palma/Flickr

While events are typically the exact same format across the country, there are still some regional traditions worth pointing out, most notably Oaxaca’s Noche de Rábanos (Radish Night) which is held every year on December 23rd, and celebrates all things produced from radishes. In Yucatan, there’s a Mexican take on Christmas carolling over the joyful period, whereas the State of Mexico’s Tepoztlán, on the other hand, is known for its pastorelas, or Nativity plays.

Noche de Rábanos, Oaxaca| © laura ramos/Flickr

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