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Las Posadas in Puerto Vallarta, a Christmas Celebration

Las Posadas is a tradition done in Puerto Vallarta and throughout Mexico beginning on December 16 and continuing nine days until Christmas Eve. The roots of Las Posadas stretch deeply into Latin culture. It originated in Spain, but it’s been a yearly celebration throughout Mexico for over 400 years.

Each night, churches, neighborhoods, organizations, and others reenact Joseph and Mary’s search for an Inn or in Spanish a Posada. The events are held for nine days to represent one day for each month of Mary’s pregnancy.

At dusk, a procession of the faithful takes to the streets with children often dressed as angels and shepherds. Religious figures, images and lighted candles are a part of the festivities. The procession follows Joseph and Mary, where Mary traditionally rides a donkey, as they visit houses in the neighborhood and ask for a room at the Inn. Finally, each night, a family agrees to give Mary and Joseph a room at the Inn, this is where the street party begins.

A street party is almost guaranteed to have some traditional foods and activities, like a piñata, atole, and tamales.

Each of these Posadas takes place throughout Puerto Vallarta colonies and is something not to miss. The nativity story has been told for centuries, but not with as much flourish and faith-based exuberance as you will experience in Mexico.

Enjoy a Posada in Puerto Vallarta this year.

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