The gospels of Matthew and Luke tell us that Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem on the eve of Jesus’ birth. When they were unable to find a place to sleep for the night, a kind innkeeper allowed the family to stay in his stable. It was there that Mary gave birth to Jesus, placing him in a crib fashioned for him out of a manger. They were soon to be visited by wise men and angels.
Las Posadas Navideñas—The Christmas Inns—is a nine-day religious observance meant to honor Mary and Joseph’s quest for shelter. Every night from Dec. 16-24, neighbors gather to recreate the Holy Family’s experience. They dress up, sing, pray and celebrate the coming anniversary of the Savior’s birth.
Immigrants in search of refuge much like the Holy Family, brought this 400-year-old Latin American tradition to their new countries.
This resource provides lyrics to the song that is central to the ritual, as well as helpful tips for planning your own posada. Also included are modern-day stories of migrants whose struggles are reminiscent of those of the Holy Family.
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