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Las Posadas

After Spain conquered and colonized Mexico, Roman Catholic priests and monks noticed that Christmas coincided with the birth of the powerful Aztec god Huitzilopochtli. Huitzilopochtli was the god of war and the sun, and patron of Tenochtitlan (present-day Mexico City). This connection helped convert the Native peoples to Christianity. A Native American celebration became Las Posadas when the Jesus story was combined with the story of Huitzilopochtli’s birth.

In Mexican villages, community members dress as Nativity characters and participate in pageants and plays. They process around town from house to house looking for an inn in which to stay. The final home admits the wanderers and is the location of the party. 

Write and share how you celebrate December holidays. Feliz Navidad!

Las Posada begins Tuesday, December 16