Photo of the Week: Santa Fe’s Las Posadas

Joseph and Mary lead the procession at Las Posadas 2013, photo/Steve Collins

Joseph and Mary lead the procession at Las Posadas 2013, photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe’s Las Posadas is a reenactment a novena (nine day prayer) of Joseph and Mary’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem on what has become Christmas Eve.. The tradition dates back to Spain in the middle ages. In Santa Fe, the tradition has been pared down to one evening held on a Sunday in December. As they process around the Plaza, the group accompanying the holy couple sing old Spanish hymns and carols. Devils appear on roofs along the way hurling curses in old Spanish (and scaring the children). Once they have gone once around the Plaza  everyone gathers in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors to drink hot chocolate and warm themselves around luminarias (bonfires meant to light the way). Many other places celebrate the event on Christmas Eve. However you celebrate the holidays, we hope that it is a time for you to reflect on the important things in life and for you to find joy with friends and family!

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One Response to “Photo of the Week: Santa Fe’s Las Posadas”

  1. Agness
    December 24, 2019 at 3:56 am #

    Merry Christmas to you!!!! We are sending the warmest wishes from China!

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