Time of Posadas

By Sandra Ríos

Posadas are part of our Mexican Christmas traditions. This year they will be celebrated from December 16-24. During this time, participants walk in procession and sing Christmas carols to recreate the pilgrimage of Joseph and Mary before the birth of Jesus. At the end, attendees share atole, ponche, and tamales, and children break the traditional piñata with seven peaks representing the seven deadly sins. When the piñata is broken, it symbolizes the defeat of evil, and candy, fruit, and toys are a reward. In San Miguel de Allende, the posadas are held in different parts of the city, starting with a novena, a prayer for nine days. In some churches, parishioners pray the rosary, finish with traditional songs, and then distribute the aguinaldos, bags for children filled with candy, cookies, and fruits. Some residents near these churches are organized to buy piñatas and food for the pilgrims. Also some establishments make posadas for tourists and locals. Here are some churches that celebrate these traditional posadas:


Templo del Oratorio, novena from December 16-24 at 6:30pm. Rosary and traditional songs and bags of fruit and cookies. Insurgentes 12.

Templo de las Monjas, complete novena from December 16-24 at 6:30pm. Posada, bag of cookies, and candies for children. Hernández Macías, corner of Canal.

Parroquia de San Antonio de Padua, complete novena from December 16-24 at 7pm. Long walk through the streets of the colonia San Antonio, the Mass starts at 8pm. Parishioners share atole and tamales, and break the piñata. Callejón de San Antonio 1.


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