Kathryn Moody Las Posadas Processions begin on the 16 th and last until the 24 th Parties are held every night in different homes and people celebrate the journey that Mary and Joseph took looking for lodging (Posada).
Kathryn Moody Las Posadas Las Posadas last for 9 nights. People go to a different house each night and have a fiesta. They sing, dance, eat and break a piñata.
Kathryn Moody La Noche Buena The Posadas end on the 24 th (La Nochebuena). Everyone goes to mass at midnight (La Misa del Gallo). Families gather and have a feast after mass.
Kathryn Moody El Nacimiento On December 24, la Nochebuena, the nativity scene is completed and the baby Jesus is placed in the manger.
Kathryn Moody El Día de la Navidad The family spends a quiet day together
Kathryn Moody The twelve days of Christmas The children anxiously await the arrival of Los Reyes Magos on January 6. They prepare and leave their shoes by the door filled with hay for the camels.
Kathryn Moody El Día de los Reyes Magos When the children awaken on January 6 they find the shoes are empty and their gifts have been brought by the three wise men.
Kathryn Moody El Día de los Reyes la Merienda Rosca de Reyes is a sweet bread served on January 6. A figure of baby Jesus is hidden in it. The person who finds it has a party on Candelmas, Feb. 2, when the holidays come to an end.
Kathryn Moody El Día de la Candelaria The Nativity scene is put away. A party is given by the person who found the baby Jesus in the Rosca and tamales are served. This is the end of the holiday season.
Kathryn Moody Christmas in Mexico December 16 – Las Posadas December 24 – La Nochebuena December 25 – El Día de la Navidad January 6 - El Día de los Reyes Magos February 2 – El Candelarias