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Celebrating Los Posadas

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Each year GPCP celebrates Los Posadas, a special holiday to honor another culture. Las Posadas is a tradition from Mexico, where people commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a shelter. "Posada" in Spanish, simply means lodging or shelter. Now the posada has evolved into a religious and social celebration, paying a festive homage to the journey. Each night before Christmas, a party is held in a home in the neighborhood where there is plenty of food and drink, with candies and fruit for the children. At dusk, all the guests gather outside the house and follow a child dressed as an angel who leads the procession to the last house where the party ends with a piñata. GPCP focuses on the cultural and fun aspect of this tradition, not the religious part. The school's celeration includes a procession throughout the neighborhood, the breaking of a piñata and singing the traditional holiday Spanish songs: “Feliz Navidad,” “Cascabel,” and “Brilla, brilla estrellita.”

   


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