Spend the Holidays Mano a Mano at Posadas y Pastorelas!

¡Comparte el espíritu de las fiestas decembrinas a la mexicana! Get into the holiday spirit a la mexicana!

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders is a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture and promoting the understanding of Mexican traditions through festivals, concerts, Mexicanidad, an arts, culture and humanities program, and annual celebrations of holidays. This holiday season, you can join Mano a Mano at its 10th annual Posadas Y Pastorelas: a Traditional Mexican Holiday Celebration. Posadas Y Pastorelas promotes popular Christmas traditions of the Mexican community of New York with crafts, food, mariachi bands, pastorelas, the traditional shephards play, posadas, a singing holiday procession, and candy-filled piñatas.

The event will take place on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Museum of the City of New York from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. All events are free with Museum admission. Here’s the schedule:

12:00-2:00 PM – Workshop of Making Piñatas and Poinsettias

December 12 is Poinsetta Day! In Mexico, the poinsetta is called La Flor de la Nochebuena or Flower of the Holy Night and December 12 marks the Día de la Virgen. According to a legend, a  young girl traveling to visit Baby Jesus had nothing to offer as a gift. An angel appeared and told her that any gift given out of love is worthy. The young girl picked roadside weeds as an offering to Jesus, and the plants magically transformed into bright red star flowers.

2:30 PM – Neighborhood Posada Procession with Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino

La posada is spanish for inn, lodging, or shelter. Today, la posada is a religious celebration and ritual reenactment of the journey of Mary and Joseph’s search for a lodging in Bethlehem. Usually, the whole community participates in this 9 day event, kicking of December 16, in which a procession of neighbors walk through the streets looking for a place to lodge while singing songs. When they reach their final destination, the party begins. This party would not be complete without the breaking of piñatas.

3:00 PM – Cultural Performance / Pastorela

La pastorela is a play that recreates the biblical passage where the shepherds follow the Star of Bethlehem to find Jesus Christ. In the play, in order to reach the birth place of Christ, the shepherds experience a series of changes in fortune and confront the Devil, who will do everything possible to prevent them from completing their mission. It is at that moment that the Archangel arrives to defend the shepherds and they continue on their journey.

4:00 PM – Posada party with Piñatas & much more!

La piñata is a hollow figure that is filled with candy, hung from the ceiling, and then struck with sticks to release the candy. The traditional piñata is brightly colored and in the shape of a star with points representing the seven deadly sins. The piñata was something that would come down from and then rise up to the sky, thus tempting the people. Beating the piñata is a symbolic act that implies killing the sin and starting anew with the birth of the Christ.

Support Mano a Mano at Posadas y Pastorelas.

¡Traiga a sus niños! Bring the family!