Feliz Navidad!


Traditional Mexican homes still recognize Christmas as a religious celebration of the Nativity, though many new “modifications” have been made. The “Posadas” are now nine parties held in friends' homes before Christmas. American influence has brought about Santa Claus, exchanging gifts and holiday trips, at least for wealthy families. Almost everyone takes off work the last two weeks of December to spend more time with family and friends. In towns like Querétaro, a huge Christmas parade is held on December 23.

Christmas Eve is a giant celebration partaken in by the churches and families. There are parades, floats, dancing and piñatas, capped off by an impressive fireworks display.







Copyright 2003 Mary E. Bishop