Las Posadas starts in Mexico on December 16th and goes till Christmas. Las Posadas literally means "the inns". The festival is based around a reenactment of Joseph and Mary trying to find lodging at numerous inns in Bethlehem and being turned away.

Nowadays during Las Posadas, children parade through their towns with the adults following them with candles. The procession goes from house to house (i.e. "inn" to "inn") singing this song.

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You can read more about Las Posadas in Mexico on Mama Lisa's World Blog.


Since this is a call and response type of song we put a pause in between each call and response.


Many thanks to Monique Palomares for singing Las Posadas for us!

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Angélica Miranda for contributing this song. Translation by Lisa Yannucci and Monique Palomares.

Image: Joseph and Mary arrive in Bethlehem (Watercolour). William Brassey Hole, British, 1906.

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