With great joy the grower companies from our Veggies From Mexico community celebrate their traditional posadas for the children of their farm workers. It fills us with joy to see the thousands of girls and boys who celebrate Christmas surrounded by love and surprises from farming companies and their social responsibility team.
Between Christmas decorations, an atmosphere of joy, laughter, games and Christmas dances, these beautiful children attending at the agricultural shelters enjoy the Christmas season; food, piñatas, candies and surprise toys were in charge of accompanying these festivities.
Agroexportadora del Noroeste
The “posadas” are a traditional festivity that could be celebrated 9 days before Christmas. They start on the 16th of December and finish on December 24th.
In Mexico, posadas are celebrated by drinking hot Mexican Christmas punch and giving candy baskets, decorating with Christmas lights and piñatas, but if we do some research, we will discover that they have a religious origin.
History tells us that “posadas” arrived with the Spanish conquest, changing the tradition of the Aztecs, who celebrated during the month of Panquetzaliztli (December) the arrival of their God Huitzilopochtli. This celebration began on December 6 and lasted 20 days and consisted of placing flags on the fruit trees and flags in the main temple.
But with the arrival of the Spanish, the celebrations called “misas de aguinaldo” were established, which took place from December 16 to 24. These religious services were held outdoors, where passages were read and representations allusive to Christmas were performed, what we know today as Pastorelas. In addition, small gifts were given to the attendees known as “aguinaldos”.
After Mexico’s independence, this custom of attending the “misas de aguinaldo” celebrations disappeared almost completely. It was the faithful followers who rescued it and carried it out in their own homes, thus the tradition of the “Posadas” was born.
The way of celebrating the “Posadas” has been changing over time and elements of each region have been added. But they have always been characterized by color, songs, and traditional food. Children, young people, and adults come together to “ask for a posada” and celebrate that someone has opened their doors and sheltered them.
Appetizers, buñuelos, punch, candles, aguinaldos (sweets or fruits), and breaking the piñatas are some of the most representative elements of the posadas. But the most important thing is celebrating families and friends union.
We know all that is involved in making a posada, and that is why we give you some tips to make your posada a sustainable posada! Follow them and enjoy these traditions without damaging the environment.