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Dec. 13 -- Las Posadas

In Mexico a beloved holiday tradition is that of Las Posadas, a celebration that commemorates Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem. (Posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish.) Celebrate it downtown and on the canal

When and Where: Sunday, December 13, 2009
4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street. Enjoy crafts, movies, a piñata-making demonstration, and a “pastorela” by Christ Church Cathedral.
5:30 p.m. Canal procession of peregrinos begins; enjoy student-created art projects sponsored by the Indianapolis Art Center and IMCPL.
6 to 8 p.m. at Eiteljorg Museum, 500 West Washington Street Listen to festive music, enjoy ponche and snacks, and break piñatas

Family and friends gather and reenact Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter by carrying lit candles, singing special songs and following figures of Mary and Joseph that are carried aloft in a procession. When these pilgrims, or peregrinos, reach predetermined stops, they divide into two groups. One half of the group begs for shelter, while the other half refuses them. At the last stop, usually someone’s home, the doors are opened in greeting and a grand celebration begins where families break piñatas, drink ponche and eat treats.

Join the Indiana Historical Society, Eiteljorg Museum, Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis – Marion County Public Library, Indianapolis Art Center, Consulate of Mexico in Indianapolis, and Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs to celebrate this festive family tradition.

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