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Pastorelas Entertain Young and Old at La Biblioteca’s Annual Posada

By Karla Ortiz

 

As in past years, the Public Library’s traditional posada (traditional Mexican Christmas party) was held in its facilities on Wednesday, December 20. Before proceeding to the event in main courtyard, all attendees were invited to enjoy a very original pastorela by the theater workshop of the Juan José de los Reyes Martínez “El Pípila” High School.

Pastorelas are plays that recreate the story in the Bible where the shepherds follow the Star of Bethlehem to find the Christ child.

This year’s pastorela filled the seats with several members of the library, with children and families who attend the library daily, as well as with some families of the participants.

In this play, the main theme was the struggle between good and evil, which corrupted the poor souls of the shepherds on their way to Belén to receive the Christ child. What was once a game for the devil and the angel soon became a clash of emotions on the part of the shepherds. As they advanced in their journey, the defects of each shepherd became bigger and bigger, causing conflicts to grow. Miraculously, with a breath of light, good triumphed in the end and the shepherds resolved their problems by the time they reached María and José.

After the pastorela, the Estudiantina Femenil de San Miguel sang some villancicos (Christmas carols) which lifted the spirit of the crowd and set them off on the journey behind the Angel, María, and José to the main courtyard, where the Nativity scene was located.

Once they arrived, the Estudiantina Femenil played another couple of villancicos and some of their own compositions. While the performers harmonized, people drank Mexican punch and the children prepared for the most awaited event: the piñatas. One by one, they took their turns, with much excitement and joy, hoping to be the hero to break them. After a few blows, they fell, full of sweets, which made all the children pile on the floor to collect the best and tastiest items. The library also offered special bags full of animal crackers, peanuts, chips, and other sweets typical of the traditional posadas.

With that, this year’s posada passed at the Library. It is hoped that there will continue to be many more, a hope that relies on the presence of the community to make this institution grow.

 

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