Las Posadas celebrations are one of the exceptional and momentous Mexican Christmas tradition. Despite the fact Las Posadas originated in Mexico, it is celebrated in other Latin American countries and celebrated by the people of Latin American inheritance in the US. Las Posadas symbolizes the voyage made by Joseph and Mary. It is a Mexican ritual conceded out in the Christmas vacations by a group of individuals who get in concert to honour the nativity of Jesus Christ. As Joseph was a descendent of David born in Belen the couple had to trek to the town of Belen to get registered in the census ordained by the emperor Augustus. Since, Maria was pregnant they had to find shelter as the birth of Jesus was in hand. They couldn’t find any shelter and had to settle in a barn offered.
The Mexico streets are adorned with lights and decorations made of heno in the streets. The Posada is performed to enlighten the act and motive the audiences to engage in the recreation. Each family in the locality programme a night for the Posada to be held at their home. In the procession individual sing “letanias” holding candles in their hands to light their way. The songs are sung throughout the procession defining each phase of Posada. The individual go to houses in the streets asking for shelter where some stand outside and some stand inside. If the individuals in home disallow then they go to the next house seeking shelter. If the shelter is offered then people pray rosary and offerings to Jesus singing “letanias” together with guitars and flutes.
Subsequent to prayers comes the festivity for the children. Piñata which origins from Italy but has become a Mexican tradition for celebrations, made out of a clay pot and decorated with crepe paper in different colours. The beautiful Piñata is filled with candies, sugar canes, oranges, guaves, peanuts, tangerines and assorted candies. Piñata is a ritual that represents wealth and profusion for whole year and considered to bring happiness and well being to the people around. Each is given a turn to try to hit the piñata with their eyes blindfolded and are made to hit the piñata with a stick. When piñata breaks candy and fruit fall out.
Piñata is not just a game but reflects numerous theological intrinsic worth. The blindfolded member corresponds to the power in confronting the evil. People around the person confuse and spun him with false directions. Thus Piñata is symbolized as Hope and charity. As Piñata is made to hangover the head people watch sky desiring and waiting for the prize with its eventual breaking the divine blessings and gifts shower on the people. Thus, the candies and fruits represent the reward for faith.