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Join in the Fun and Participate in the Holiday Stroll... Latin Style

Oakland is so diverse it’s hard to know what’s taking place in ever community but one event that happens every year is the Posadass. These Posadas are an enactment of St. Joseph and Virgin Mary looking for lodging. In Mexico, each family in a neighborhood will schedule a night for the Posada to be held at their home, starting on the 16th of December and finishing on the 24th on Noche Buena.

Every home will have a Nativity scene. The hosts of the home are the innkeepers, and the neighborhood children and adults are Los Peregrinos, who have to request lodging through singing a simple chant. All carry small lit candles in their hands and four teenagers of about the same height are chosen to carry Los Peregrinos, which are two small statues of St. Joseph leading a donkey, while Virgin Mary is riding sidesaddle. The head of the procession will have a candle inside of a paper lamp shade that looks like an accordion but opens at the top. This is called a "Farolito" or little lantern.

You can participate in the Posada here in Oakland on Wednesday December 16th at 6:30pm! The place to meet is at 2935 Foothill Blvd. From Foothill Blvd. the group will start walking and singing until 35th Avenue. Then they will walk back to 33rd Avenue where the final celebration will take place with piñatas and candy for the kids. Rain may cancel this event and I was not given a contact number for any questions. If you’re interested, just stop by. Remember to dress warm since you will be walking in the evening.


When: Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Where: Meet @ 2935 Foothill Blvd, walking to 35th and back to 33rd.

Time: 6:30pm
Published Monday, December 14, 2009 12:59 PM by Annie Tegner

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