Ven y participa en nuestra posada navideña con las canciones tradicionales de las posadas. Habra Come celebrate and participate in a traditional holiday posada outside the library with: Traditional songs—A piñata for the kids—Take-home craft kits—Traditional tamales and punch—Family holiday photos in our photo booth—Free books!
Piñata para los ninos
Kits de manualidades
Tamales y ponche de fruta
Fotos familiares en nuestro foto booth
Ven y participa en nuestra posada navideña con las canciones tradicionales de las posadas.
Come celebrate and participate in a traditional holiday posada outside the library with:
Traditional songs—A piñata for the kids—Take-home craft kits—Traditional tamales and punch—Family holiday photos in our photo booth—Free books!
About Las Posadas
Las Posadas are a tradition brought to Latin America by the Spanish and adopted in Mexico and many Latin American countries around the world. Starting December 16th at dusk, families, friends and neighbors dress up as angels and shepherds. Two people are dressed as Mary and Joseph. The group re-enacts the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph as they walked from Nazareth to Bethlehem in their neighborhood. At each neighborhood home, the group sings a song in hopes to have a place to stay. They are turned down at each home until eventually a neighbor will invite the group in (this is determined in advance) and the festivities begin. Warm spiced punch, traditional food like tamales, and breaking open a star shaped piñata define this evening fiesta. As the night draws to an end, aguinaldos (small bags filled with treats and candies) are distributed as parting gifts to the guests to help them continue on their “journey.”
The process repeats for eight nights with another home accepting the group for another evening festival. On December 24th, the ninth and final night of the Posada, everyone attends midnight mass. Santa Claus does not arrive, Christmas presents are not exchanged, this is not part of the Mexican traditional Christmas. Families go home to a big meal of traditional family delicacies and a joyous exchange of friendship, love and families. Gift giving happens January 6th on Kings Day, not on Christmas Day.
This project/program/service is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-246155-OLS–20).