Lupita Reyes and Crèche Festival

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, storyteller Joseph Toone presents a lively and sometimes humorous discussion about “Lupita Reyes,” a euphemism for the Mexican holiday season spanning the day for the Virgin of Guadalupe (Lupita) through Three Kings’ Day (Reyes). The service will run concurrently at La Posada de la Aldea with a Crèche Festival, a holiday tradition through which nativity sets from around the world are displayed to the general public.

UU Service
“Lupita Reyes and
Crèche Festival”
By Joseph Toone
Sun, Dec 13, 9:30am-12pm
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Lupita Reyes, which spans December 12 through January 6, is one of the loveliest and most culturally active times to be in San Miguel. The celebration features processions, plays, piñatas, and Mexican April Fool’s day. Toone will provide the historical and cultural context of each of these activities. This talk is part of the regular UU service, which begins at 10:30am.

Nativities vary wildly depending on where they were made and are deeply reflective of the native population. These variances can be bold or subtle and make each crèche a unique art form. Live nativities were used by the Franciscans to convert San Miguel’s indigenous peoples. Nativities were hugely popular because between the racially mixed wise men and shepherds, there were parts for all. The impact of crèches is still celebrated in the Jardín each year. The nativity display will be on view from 9:30am to noon.

Following a chocolate childhood in Hershey, PA, and a prolonged Catholic education (through graduate school), Joseph Toone began his career in the Foreign Service as an American diplomat working in embassies overseas. Following that, he owned and operated an international technical writing company for more than 20 years. During that time he wrote two books on the Carolina Low Country, North Carolina’s Best Short Stories, including the popular,  award-winning Cape Fear’s Haunting Women. A full-time resident of San Miguel, Toone is a weekly columnist on the culture of faith in San Miguel and TripAdvisor’s best-rated guide on local spirituality.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at www.uufsma.org.

 

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