Jan 2 2012

Pictures of Las Posadas in El Salvador

CFCA: Las posadas in El SalvadorLas Posadas is a Christmas tradition celebrated throughout Latin America commemorating the arduous journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.

It takes place nine days, from Dec. 16 to Dec. 24.

CFCA’s project in Santa Ana held this year’s posada celebration for sponsored friends and their families at its new center, which was inaugurated in early December. Read more about the center here.

A posada consists of two groups of people. One group sings the posada song, which asks permission for a place to stay after their travels. This is to represent Mary and Joseph asking for shelter.

Mary and Joseph (las posadas)

The other group represents the neighbors responding, either denying shelter or (finally) offering a place to stay for the night.

Sponsored aging friends also did a dramatization of Jesusí birth this year.

CFCA sponsored aging in El Salvador, during Las Posadas

When the doors finally open, everyone enters and starts to pray the rosary.

At the end of the rosary, all celebrate that Mary and Joseph have a place to sleep. They celebrate with food, piÒatas and candies for the kids.

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