So, I am back in beautiful Sonora, Mexico in the city of Hermosillo. The last time I was here, I attended my friend’s, (Mexican kween) Balba’s, sister’s wedding. There was a glamorous ceremony and multiple receptions of which some details are a little blurry. (Blame the palomas). But, it was a wonderful first time in Mexico nevertheless.
|Oh, how I have missed you! Tacos! (Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)|
However, this time around, I have come just in time for Christmas, which is kind of a big deal here. But, as … well … I am Jewish, I am a little inept when it comes to this holiday and in extension Catholicism as a whole.
And, in addition, as Mexico has its own traditions too, I am certainly out of my element, which is leading into a magical season for me of fun and quirky unknowns.
To start, I learned what a posada is!
Posadas are Christmas parties that take place in the days before December 24th. Christmas Eve (Nochebuena) is in fact the main day to celebrate here when family dinners and gift exchanges occur, not Christmas Day.
Posadas can be big or small, intimate or not as much. And, in the great spectrum that is religiosity, posadas rank rather low, so generally, dressing casual is okay. However, these parties are supposed to pay homage and make reference to the pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem (in this case: María y José, Nazaret, and Belén), which includes singing a special call-and-response hymn with candles.
If you haven’t already noticed, some lyrics to the song are sprinkled throughout this post. I put a lot of gravitas into it for fun, as the last part of each line is drawn out. Just a tip for if you ever come across a situation where you have to sing it too.
|Piñata for a different party, but look how pretty! (Photo credits
On the more secular side, piñatas are also typical at posadas along with uncomplicated food stuffs and drink. However, this posada we attended was piñata-less sadly. Balba’s brother had two for his party later though. Lotería may also make an appearance: the quintessential Mexican cards of chance. Cover all and win a shot of tequila … thank goodness I did not win …
|Rocks are not typical … we just ran out of tiles. RIP.
(Photo credits by PintsizedPioneer)