Posadas are a cultural tradition rooted in the blending of Christianity with Mesoamerican cultures. The word posada means shelter or lodging, and refers to the place Jesus Christ was born. With roots in Spain and Catholicism, the posada has been practiced in Mexico since the 16th century. To this day, people in Mexico and Central America mark the nine days for Christmas by holding a posada each night. The Posada Navidena at MOA will feature a procession with musicians singing the letania and culminate in the breaking of a traditional pinata in MOA’s Great Hall.
11:00am – Opening words, representatives from MOA and the Mexican Community will introduce Las Posada Navidena
11:15am – Octavio Carillo from Mariachi Del Sol will teach melody and lyrics to the Posada litany
11:25am – Posada Procession around the Museum
12:00pm – Storytelling and children’s activities in Presentation Circle and Ceramics Lab
1:30pm – Gather in Great Hall to hear Gerardo Avila speak about the meaning of piñata, sing piñata song, break the piñata!
This event is free with Museum admission.