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.

Cantos para pedir posada (o Villancico para pedir posada) - Mexican Children's Songs - Mexico - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Eventually the procession is invited into a house. Sometimes they will break a piñata as part of the next festivities. There are specific Songs for Breaking the Piñata for Las Posadas (click to learn them).

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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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Cantos para pedir posada (o Villancico para pedir posada)

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.

¡Muchas gracias!