Our class is learning about Mexico and how it celebrates Christmas. In Mexico Christmas is a religious holiday. They focus on the birth of Jesus and the Nativity. They start celebrating their Christmas on December 16th. It is called Los Pasados. For nine days they celebrate before Christmas Eve or Bueno Noche’ “Good Night”
This is a time of celebration when Mexican children have the Posadas before Christmas. For nine days they dress up like Joseph and Mary and lead the neighborhood children from house to house singing a songs that asks for a place to stay where the baby Jesus can be born. Singers inside the houses they pass sing a song that refuses to let them stay there.
Finally, they arrive at the third house where they are invited in. Once they let them in, the group of guests comes into the home and kneels around the Nativity scene to pray the Rosary and they then they have a party. Usually, there are several piñatas filled with wrapped candies and small toys. The kids, one by one, are blind-folded, given a strong stick and allowed their turn at whacking the piñata until it breaks and the toys and candy spill out.
The Posados starts on December 16th and lasts until December 24th with each family taking a turn hosting the party.