December comes with all kinds of cultural celebrations. Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas are just a few of the big ones. But have you heard of Las Posados? Celebrate Las Posados at the Indiana History Center this Sunday December 13, and learn about another Indianapolis culture! This Indianapolis event is FREE and open to all Indianapolis people!
Las Posadas is Spanish for “the inns.” It is a nine day celebration that originated in Spain. Generally celebrated between December 16 and December 24, it is a yearly tradition for many Catholic Mexicans and other Latin Americans. The nine days symbolize the obstacles Mary and Josephy faced prior to Jesus’ birth. As they searched for lodging, they persevered in the face of adversity.
In this yearly celebration, family and friends gather to reenact Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter. Traditionally the celebration entails carrying lit candles, singing special songs and following figurines of Mary and Joseph carried over head in the front of the procession. On these pilgrims, or “peregrinos,” the procession stops at several pre-determined locations. The group divides in two, with one half begging for shelter and the other half refusing. At the end of the procession, the group reaches a shelter where doors are opened in greeting. A grand celebration commences with pinatas, ponche for drink and treats for eating.
This Sunday December 12 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm the Indiana Historical Society invite you to celebrate Las Posados as the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. From 4:oo pm to 5:30 pm Indianapolis kids and adults alike can enjoy craft making activities, including a pinata making demonstration and a “pastorela” by Christ Church Cathedral. At 5:30 pm head to the Canal Walk and White River for a canal procession of peregrinos. There you will see a host of student created art projects sponsored by the Indianapolis Art Center and the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library.
The procession ends at 6:00 pm at the Eiteljorg Museum. There festive music will play as attendees enjoy ponche and snacks and break pinatas. This fun and festive Indianapolis event will introduce you to a new tradition, or help you keep an old one. For more information, visit the Indiana Historical Society’s website.
Sunday, December 13 at 4:00 pm