Las Posadas on the Plaza de Española This Friday
The Northern New Mexico Regional Arts Center (NNMRAC) hosts Las Posadas de Española at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 on the Plaza de Española. Music will be provided by NNMRAC music students.
History of Las Posadas
Las Posadas (translated in English as “The Inns” is a 9-day Mexican Christmas tradition introduced to New Mexico during the Spanish Colonial era. It retells the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph and their search of a safe place, or “inn,” to stay before the birth of Jesus.
From December 16 – 24 each year, friends, families and neighbors participate as “innkeepers” and host a Posada at a different home each night.
The hosting family provides traditional New Mexico food such as posole with red or green chile, fresh made tamales and sweets. In Mexico, sweet and savory tamales, cinnamon – champurrado and warm buñuelos are some of the welcoming treats.
As the night draws to an end, aguinaldos (small bags filled with treats and candies) are given as parting gifts to the guest of the inn for their “journey”.