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The 9 nights of ‘posada’

by The 100 Companies

The Mexican tradition of “posada” goes back 400 years. “Posada,” meaning “inn” or “lodging” in Spanish, commemorates the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy.

For nine consecutive nights, a group representing the Holy Family looking for the inn stands outside a series of houses, singing and asking for lodging. They are refused until they reach the designated “posada.” Once inside, the travelers eat, sing and recite a traditional “novena” or special prayer.

On the ninth night, Christmas Eve, the hosting house welcomes in all who knock, and a grand party is held culminating in midnight Mass, food and music. ¡Feliz navidad!

Rosalind Hall, Gambel Communications

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