Mexican tradition is brought to Wisbech

The Posada is carried around Wisbech homes

The Posada is carried around Wisbech homes - Credit: Archant

A Mexican festive tradition was played out across Wisbech thanks to members of local churches.

A Mexican festive tradition was played out across Wisbech thanks to members of local churches.

The Posada is a Mexican custom in the weeks leading up to Christmas where figures of a pregnant Mary and her spouse Joseph are taken from house to house to show the peoples’ willingness to give refugees a home.

Amanda and Mark Wilson are seen presenting the Posada to Marion Crampton, a resident at Dove Court Care Home joined by Robin Hine, secretary of Wisbech Churches Together and Annie Pinto from Our Lady and St. Charles Church.

Sean Finlay, of the Wisbech Interfaith Forum, said: “Robin relates that in his last parish in Livingstone in Scotland the figures were made of wool and travelled around the community, to supermarkets and even to a football game .


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“It’s not clear if they affected the result!”

Amanda said: “Having the Posada in our home was helpful way for us to convey to our three children the real meaning of Christmas - Jesus and his family were refugees in need of care and love”

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In Mexico Christmas is celebrated from December 12 to January 6.

From December 16 to Christmas Eve, Posada processions take place

There are nine Posadas which celebrate the Christmas story where Joseph and Mary looked for somewhere to stay.

For the Posadas, the outside of houses are decorated with evergreens, moss and paper lanterns.

In some states in Mexico children expect Santa Claus to come on December 24. In the south of Mexico children expect presents on January 6 at Epiphany, which is known as ‘el Dia de los Reyes’.

Posada is Spanish for Inn or Lodging.

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