Posadas y Pastorelas
Saturday, December 21, 2019 • 12:30 - 4:00pm
Band Rehearsal Hall - Music Building Rm. 330
250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx, NY 10468
Free and open to the public
Get into the holiday spirit a la mexicana. Join us for our fifteenth annual presentation of Posadas y Pastorelas, a holiday celebration promoting the popular traditions of the Mexican community of New York, featuring, traditional music and workshops. Highlights include workshops, the Posada, and a singing holiday procession through the streets. The event culminates in a party with the breaking of candy-filled piñatas.
12:30 PM - Art and Craft Workshops*
2:00 PM - Neighborhood Posada Procession
2:30 PM - Cultural Performance/Shepherds’ Play
3:00 PM - Posada party with piñatas & more!
* Materials for the workshops are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
About Posadas and Pastorelas
POSADAS are popular Mexican celebrations dating back to the colonial period. Posada -- literally meaning ‘lodging’-- commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Traditionally, these festivities take place in private homes over nine nights, culminating with the most important Posada on Christmas Eve.
PASTORELAS or Shepherds’ Plays are performed in Mexico during the Christmas season and have their roots in the early Christian theater of Europe in the middle ages. Pastorelas – like other folk dramas - were introduced to Mexico by the colonizers with the goal of converting the indigenous population to Christianity.
This program is co-presented by
Thank You To Our Supporters
This program is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature; and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.