Most of you might be wondering what a Posada is. Posadas are a beautiful Mexican tradition that has been happening for years. Growing up Mexican American, I always looked forward to Christmas because of all the cheer and celebration. Posadas traditionally start on the 16th of December. They are a reenactment of the story of Mary and Joseph from the Bible and their pilgrimage to Bethlehem, looking for somewhere to give birth to Jesus Christ.
Posadas are an annual tradition and an important part of Mexican culture and family. Each day after the 16th is a continuous commemoration of the birth of baby Jesus. Everyday until the 25th of December families and friends gather to honor Christmas by singing traditional songs of faith. They spend time walking around our city of Santa Barbara to create an idea of what it was like for Mary and Joseph to experience such a hard journey. The most well known story from the Bible describes the journey of Mary and Joseph riding on a donkey through the desert. Being guided only by a star and their faith, they search for the perfect place to give birth to Jesus.
Similar to many Mexican commemorations, food is a big part of Christmas, but Posadas specifically. Food such as tamales, pan dulce, atole, buñuelos, and much more feasted upon. After walking, everyone gathers as a family to celebrate each other and the holiday with good food. Food can be considered a representation of joy, love, faith and creates a sense of unity in the community. I personally grew up in this environment with this love and I feel that it’s such a wonderful tradition. I appreciate every year the reminder and remembrance of my culture and faith. Being brought up like this has also given me more of an open mind and love for celebrating other people’s holiday traditions and cultures. I look forward to years to come celebrating posadas and shaping my relationship with my family and friends.