Las Posadas procession small taste of tradition


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The procession included people dressed as angels, shepherds, the Three Wise Men and the biblical couple, who knocked on doors at the historic park asking for a place to stay, but were continually refused lodging. Finally, they came to rest in a stable fashioned just for the procession. Charlotte Bonner, 85, joined in the procession for the first time with two friends. “I wanted to see what it was like,” said the Sylmar resident. “I thought it was unusual. It was interesting. It is a new way to celebrate the birth of Jesus.’ Patty Jimenez attended the event with several developmentally disabled adults to share with them a custom she’s known since she was a child growing up in Mexico. MISSION HILLS – Revelers joined Saturday in a candlelight procession at the historic Andres Pico Adobe in Mission Hills, re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimage to find shelter before the birth of Jesus. On a chilly night, backlit by the moon, dozens of people took part in the ancient Mexican custom known as Las Posadas – Spanish for “shelter.” “We’re keeping tradition alive, … reliving history,” said Midge Gisel, president of the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, which organized the event. “It’s a labor of love. This is a community outreach.” Friends huddled together to keep warm, children wore ponchos to shield themselves from the cold, and people warmed their stomachs with coffee, hot chocolate and pan dulce, Mexican sweet buns. “For them, it’s something new,” she said. “I felt like I was back home.” Children also were treated to a visit from Santa Claus and a piata-breaking party. But most importantly, they were treated to a special lesson. “I wanted them to learn the story behind the birth of Jesus Christ,” said Gloria Alvarenga, who attended the event with three of her children. “Christmas isn’t only about presents.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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