Bring the entire family to one or both Posadas, Food/Beverages/Piñatas/Caroling/Candy for the kids and much more:
December 3rd @ 7:00-10:00p.m December 10th @ 6:00-9:00p.m
Start: 2nd & Broadway Start: 4th & Spurgeon
Finish: Birch Park (3rd & Birch) Finish: Plaza Santa Ana (4th & French)
Posadas are an important part of Mexican Christmas celebrations. The word posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish, and these celebrations recreate Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Posadas are held on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from December 16 to 24th.
The celebration consists of a procession with candles, sometimes with individuals selected to play the parts of Mary and Joseph, or sometimes images are carried. The procession will make its way to a particular home (a different one each night), where a special song is sung. In this song those outside the house sing the part of Joseph asking for shelter and the family inside responds singing the part of the innkeeper saying that there is no room. The song switches back and forth a few times until finally the innkeeper decides to let them in. The door is opened and everyone goes inside.
The hosts give the guests food, usually tamales and a hot drink – like ponche or atole. Then there are piñatas and the children are given candy.
The nine nights of posadas leading up to Christmas are said to represent the nine months that Jesus spent in Mary’s womb, or alternatively, to represent nine days journey to Bethlehem.
For more information call (714)547-6100 or visit www.downtown-santaana.com