Posadas is celebrated every night between December 16 to 24. Almost
everyone in Mexico takes off work these last two weeks of December.
People take this time off to celebrate and spend time with friends and
family. Children gather each afternoon to reenact Mary and Joseph's
search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. The children visit three
houses looking for a place to stay the night. At the the third house
they are invited to stay in the stable. The children get to go to
a pinata party in the stable.
Noche Buena is Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve is celebrated by attending a Miso De Gallo or Rooster's Mass. After mass the families have their traditional Christmas supper which includes tamales and corn gruel. The children get to open gifts and try to smash the pinata. This celebration lasts late in the night.
Dia de las Reyes (Three Kings Day) is celebrated on January 6. Children can't wait to receive gifts from Reyes Magos (Magi). The family eats a Rosca de Reyes which is a sweet oval ring-shaped egg-based loaf made with assorted dried fruits and adorned with sprinkled sugar. A ceramic muneca (doll) is baked inside the festive cake. The doll represents the Christ child.
Can you answer these questions?
1. What day do the children of Mexico expect to receive gifts from Reyes Magos?
a. January 6
b. December 25
c. December 16
d. January 4
2. What types of food are eaten
on Noche Buena?
c. corn meal
3. How long is Christmas celebrated?
a. One day
b. Two weeks
c. A weekend
d. Two days
4. What is a Rosca de Reyes?
c. sweet loaf