The tradition of Las Posadas is a reenactment of the eve of the first Christmas, when Joseph and Mary searched for room at the inn, but none was to be found. In a traditional Las Posadas celebration, a group of people travels from house to house singing, seeking shelter for the night, answered by those indoors, answering in song. At the third home, the peregrinos, or pilgrims, are welcomed inside to pray, eat, and celebrate. Traditionally in Mexico, pilgrims would eat the regional style of tamales with champurrado, a Mexican-style chocolate-based atole, a traditional hot corn masa-based beverage.
While this year, many Las Posadas celebrations will be canceled or amended due to the pandemic, ISN invites you to join in Virtual Posadas from the comfort and safety of your own home, school, parish, or workplace. Virtual Posadas will not only honor the traditional celebration of Las Posadas, but will invite into a daily experience of music, art, prayer, reflection, and action as we virtually journey with the migrants on the U.S-Mexico border in search of shelter and protection, just as the Holy Family did on Christmas Eve.
View the Posadas song lyrics