Posadas, Piñatas y Pozole 2021
Mexico is magic and Oaxaca is extraordinary as it embraces the Christmas season every year!. On December 17, the posada season starts, and continues every night until Christmas Eve. Mary & Joseph’s search for a suitable place for the birth of baby Jesus is re-enacted nightly. Joined by onlookers and singing, they travel from house to house, asking for a place to reside for the night.
Finally, after many rejections, a family finally allows them in. Once the doors are open the two groups converge for singing and praying a rosario, followed by special drinks, tamales and pozole (a traditional soup). Piñatas, decorated clay pots stuffed with candies, fruits and nuts, are hung for the children to smash. More singing and dancing follow as each child takes his turn until the pot is shattered. The 17th is the calenda (parade) for the celebration of the Virgen of Soledad, who is the patron saint of the city. Her birthday and celebration is the following day.
Night after night another friend or neighbor hosts posadas at their house, until December 24th. On December 23rd there is a Oaxacan tradition, like none other, called Noche de Rabanos, where giant radishes are carved into huge displays and entered into a contest in the zocalo in the center of Oaxaca. On the 24th at midnight, all the baby Jesus’ statues from all the parishes are brought to the zocolo to parade around at midnight and rejoice in the birth of Christ. Come with us to learn all the customs and special foods of this exciting season in our cooking classes. We will be immersing ourselves in the festivities, going to markets and to the harvest of the giant radishes, preparing traditional dishes, cocktails and “ponches” (hot fruit drinks), and making piñatas. Join us to get an insider’s look at what makes Oaxaca so unique and exciting during the holiday season!!.
DECEMBER 17-23, 2021
- Hotel accommodations
- Three meals a day
- Cooking classes & demos
- Entrance fees
- Transportation while on the tour
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