A lovely tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe (Mother Mary) who is celebrated on December 12th in Latin America as seen in San Miguel de Allende.
Both sides of the re-enactment hold candles and sing a traditional song asking for shelter/posada. "En nombre del cielo, nos pido posada, pues no puede andar mi esposa amada" (In the name of heaven, I ask you for shelter for my beloved wife who can't go on) begin the Joseph and Mary group with the inn keepers denying them entry. This is repeated several times until Joseph and Mary are finally allowed entrance at which time both groups sing together. In some elaborate cases, the Posada procession can take over a street or even a whole town with elaborate costumes.
MISAS: Religion plays a very significant part in Latin America during Christmas which is hardly surprising considering that the region makes up the world's largest percentage of Catholics, In countries such as Bolivia, Chile and Mexico, people attend the Midnight Mass, called the 'Misa del Gallo.' In Venezuela, worshipers attend mass every day in the mornings beginning December 16th which is called "Misa de Aguinaldo."
NACIMIENTOS: Nacimientos, or Nativity Scenes, are one of the most unifying traditions across Latin America. In countries from Mexico to Peru, Chile, Paraguay, and Guatemala people set up elaborate Nativity Scenes inside their homes, in their churches, and in public places. Figures range from life-size to miniatures.
The following are a few of my favorite holiday photographs as a prelude to my MEXICO AND BEYOND: CHRISTMAS 2016 album which you will find at the end of this posting.
Oaxaca's Radish and Corn Husk Festival held during the Navidad holidays is certainly unique.
Oaxaca City's Christmas tree is constructed from living poinsettia plants which are native to Mexico.
There's more than one way to get to a rooftop. Good job Santa Claus!
A completely made-by-hand model we saw in the creator's garage in San Miguel de Allende. Wow!
MEXICO AND BEYOND: CHRISTMAS 2016
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This holiday painting was created by Daniel, a ten year old student in San Miguel de Allende, and I think it especially wonderful.