POSADAS - a Mexican Christmas tradition

All Saints Church here in Newtown this year has used an ammended version of the old Mexican tradtion of Posadas.
'It represents the difficulties that Joseph and Mary, the mother of Jesus, faced in finding a room when traveling to Bethlehem. In it, groups of children (or sometimes adults) go from house to house singing a traditional song requesting lodging (posada). In each house, the owner responds with refusal (also in song), until they reach the designated site for the party, where the owner recognizes Mary and Joseph and allows them to come in. Latin American countries have continued to celebrate this holiday to this day, with very little changes to the tradition.'
Here in Newtown the two figures in the photo have been taken from house to house, staying with their host, a prayer being said welcoming in the Christ child. The next day it is taken on to another house to find room.

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