Many of its traditions are influenced by the Spanish who came there centuries ago, as well as by their deep religious faith. Mexico has a proud cultural and spiritual heritage that figures prominently into their holiday rituals.
You can expect to see the following festivities related to Christmas:
Las Posadas (which means “The Inns,” in English), honors the story of Joseph and Mary going up to Bethlehem. Two children walk at the head of a nightly procession, starting December 16th, and carry a platform that has figures of the Holy Parents, with Joseph leading a burro Mary is sitting on. Following the two children are others who bear candles and sing a song in homage to the Virgin Mary. They then knock on the door of three individual houses and request shelter for her. At first, they are refused (part of the custom), but when they go to the third and final house, all are permitted to enter, after which everyone kneels before a manger scene, prays the Rosary and sings.
Following this sacred ceremony, there is a party where there are drinks, food and a decorative Pinata filled with toys, fruit and sweets. Pinatas are now commonplace for many kids’ celebrations in the U.S. Just in case you don’t know, however, a Pinata is a papier mache figure that is suspended from the ceiling. During this part of the festivities, children take turns trying to hit the pinata with a stick, not a simple thing to do, since they are first blindfolded and spun around.
Las Posadas go on for nine consecutive evenings, all the way up to Christmas Eve night.
In Mexico, just as in the U.S, many churches have plays based on the Christmas story. People are chosen to portray the Holy Family, shepherds and angels and there is usually singing involved.
The majority of Mexican citizens are Catholic, which means that they attend a special Christmas Eve Mass with their families, typically in the time period between after 9 p.m. This is always a popular event for guests to join.
After returning from Mass, families gather together for a supper, that might include such dishes as tamales, roast chicken, pozole, mole and other traditional foods.
The party has not stopped yet. Tonight we feast with our luxurious 10 course dinner. Trust us this is a night to remember!