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Christmas (Navidad) 2018

With las posadas, los pastorales, and other seasonal fun, Mexican Christmas is so much more than food and presents. It extends much further than New Years to Día de la Candelaria

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The festive season begins 9 days before Christmas Eve itself when many locals decorate their homes or yards with nativity scenes named nacimientos. These beautiful expositions are set in many public places across the country. The figures of Baby Jesus and the Three Kings are added later. Christmas Posadas turn entire Mexican neighbourhoods into Bethlehem. Colourful processions take place every night between December 16th and 24th, culminating in different houses with "posadas." Additionally, the food and feasts include traditional piñata games where people take turns trying to break a star-shaped colourful figure full of sweets. As desirable candy falls out of a newly-made hole, everyone rushes to collect one.

Christmas (Navidad) in Mexico - Best Season
This is a New Mexico tradition for Christmas. These are the electric kind, but usually they are made from ordinary brown lunch bags with a votive candle sitting in a small amount of sand inside.
This is a New Mexico tradition for Christmas. These are the electric kind, but usually they are made from ordinary brown lunch bags with a votive candle sitting in a small amount of sand inside.

Noche Buena is traditionally celebrated in a family circle around the festive table, and of course with villancicos—Christmas carols. The celebration proceeds with pastorales performances named after shepherds, and these feature shepherds on their way to the newly-born Baby. They meet devils and angels on their way and have to take the right decisions at each turn.

Then, on January, 6 comes Día de Reyes—King's Day, or Epiphany. In Mexico, it's more common to give gifts on this day, rather that at Christmas. Besides, people make Rosca de Reyes which are a sweet wreath-shaped bread with one or two figurines of Baby Jesus inside. The bread is shared among all the guests, and those who get the figurines, are supposed to throw a party and cook tamales on Candlemas (Dia de la Calendaria) celebrated on February, 2. On that day people bring Christ child figures to the church to get them blessed and celebrations continue at home with tamale parties. This feast marks the final point of Mexico's long-lasting Christmas season.

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