Thursday, July 5, 2012

Christmas in July?



I never had heard about this before......



In Mexico we have many Christmas Traditions. The festivities surrounding Christmas last through much of the month of December to the Second day of February. Some of these originated in Spain and others developed due to my country particular history. 

Posadas:



The Posadas take place on the nine days preceding Christmas. From the 16th to the 24th processions reenact Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem. These processions lead to a different house every night for the culmination of the posada with a big party.


Nacimientos:



Nativity scenes are the most common Christmas decoration and many families have elaborate Nativity scenes in their homes. The "nacimiento" is usually set up on December 16th, the baby Jesus is added at night on December 24th and the three kings are added on January 5th.



Pastorelas:



Pastorelas are theatrical presentations of the shepherds (los pastores) on their way to see baby Jesus. These originated during Mexico's colonial period as a way to teach the native people
 about Catholic dogma, but have changed over time 
and are now light-hearted comedic presentations. 
In the play the shepherds encounter various obstacles on their journey, 
with devils and angels making appearances, 
trying to convince them of the way they should take.


Christmas carols are called villancicos . Some of these may be familiar translations of songs in English, such as Noche de Paz, the Spanish version of Silent Night, and some are completely different, such as Las Campanas de Belen (Bethlehem's Bells) and Los Peces en el Río (the Fishes in the River). Two of the most liked for all mexican children.
Christmas Eve is called Nochebuena, this is the night of the last posada. Many of us attend midnight mass and then have a dinner together with our families. 
We celebrate New Year's Eve by having a late-night dinner with our families. Those who want to party generally go out afterwards.
January 6th is Epiphany, celebrated in Mexico as Día de Reyes "King's Day." This is when children traditionally receive gifts, brought by the three wise men.
On this day it is also customary to share a Rosca de Reyes among friends and family. This is a special sweet bread in the shape of a wreath with a miniature baby Jesus figure inside. Whoever finds the baby Jesus (often there are several in each Rosca) is supposed to host the party on February 2nd, traditionally serving tamales.
Día de la Candelaria, on February 2nd, marks the end of the Christmas season. On this day people dress up their Niños Dios and take them to the church to be blessed, and everyone enjoys tamales provided by the person who got the baby Jesus in the Rosca on King's Day.

Now, I'm celebrating Christmas in July for first time


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Happy Christmas in July!!!




7 comments:

mondayschildprims said...

Fascinating! Thank you for sharing!

SS said...

Great blog post, very interesting read!

Marsha Bourquin said...

So interesting to read about different customs and traditions. What a great post Coral!

Troy Stengel said...

Interesting post! Tweeted!

Troy Stengel said...

Interesting post - tweeted! Thank you :)

caracol said...

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Toppy Toppy said...

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