Christmas in Mexico looks somewhat like an American Christmas. Both Holidays stay great events in their respective cultures and both depend on the celebration of the birth of Christ Jesus; be that as it may, this is the place the major similarities conclude. While both nations regard December 25th as the observed date of the event, Mexican Christians focus their celebration around the prior night, December 24th. Christmas Eve in America is still respected as a holiday, yet contemporary Christians for the most part spend this day in planning for the next. La Navidad, December 25th in Mexico, is considered a holiday yet not to the extent of the past night.
In North America, Christmas has advanced from primarily a Christian holiday, celebrating Christ’s birth to the world, to a more common celebration with respect to an acknowledgement of positive will and liberality. The symbol of Saint Nicholas has replaced religious symbol of Christ, and tradition, for example, the decoration of the evergreen tree and the hanging of stocking and mistletoe have opened the celebration to people of all beliefs. In Mexico, Christians stay consistent with their recognition of religious faith and respect the Nativity scene (the depiction of the manger where Christ was born) as the primary symbol for the holiday.
In numerous Mexican villages, the community meets up to participate in “La Posadas.” La Posadas is a nine-day festivity from the sixteenth of December to Christmas Eve. Every night, two members from the village are chosen to represent Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus and her husband, Joseph. Everybody dresses as a part of the nativity scene and the neighborhood houses alternate playing the Inn as the two weary travelers ask for a room for the night. In a few villages, this procession happens each night- – in others, just on Christmas Eve.
Toward the end of every night of La Posadas, everybody gathers at church for mass. Despite the fact that the mass itself is much the same as some other day by day service, afterward the entire assemblage gathers for a celebration where they can gather and enjoy refreshments including sweet and fiery tamales and buñuelos. Activities can include the breaking of a star-molded piñata and fireworks.The week’s activities end as the children are subtly visited by the three magi (wise men) who bring treats and gifts for every member from the household.