The party begins on December 16
Every year from the 16th to the 24th of December the Christmas "posadas" are celebrated. They take place nine days before Christmas and represent the journey that the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph made in search of an inn in Bethlehem for the birth of the baby Jesus.
Enjoy this experience with the families of the communities or in hotels and resorts that organize them, you will have such great a time asking for "posada" (meaning shelter), breaking the piñata and trying delicacies such as "buñuelos" (a flat, semi sweet cake made mainly of eggs, flour, and milk fried in deep fat and usually served with sugar and cinnamon or cane syrup), "ponche" ( hot punch made from season fruits) and typical sweets.
Christmas nativity scenes
Creativity is the key
It is the representation of the birth of Jesus and is one of the main elements in the decorations, along with the Christmas tree. It is placed in houses, squares and churches and come in all sizes and styles. Some places to admire the Christmas nativity scenes at in Mexico are the "Paseo de la Reforma", and the "Museo del Carmen" in Ciudad de México, Atlixco, Puebla and in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, to name some.
Christmas and New Years in Mexico
Taste and celebration
On the night of December 24, Mexican families gather to celebrate, share gifts and a delicious dinner with typical dishes of this season such as "romeritos" (with mole and rosemary), "bacalao" (salted and dried cod stewed with potatoes, onions, tomatoes and olives), turkey, pork tenderloin and "ponche" (hot punch made with seasonal fruits). On the 25th, you can enjoy the delicious "recalentado" (brunch from the leftovers from the previous night).
December 31 is a more versatile date, since it can be celebrated with friends, in a restaurant or tourist destination. The Beaches of Mexico are the favorites to spend the New Year for their excellent climate and atmosphere.
Tree Wise Men’s day
The favorite day of Mexican childen
On January 6, Tree Wise Men’s day is celebrated, in which the little ones receive gifts and families gather to cut and enjoy the traditional "rosca de reyes" (traditional sweet bread adorned with fruits and candies as jewels, and with a little figure inside that symbolizes the baby Jesus), accompanied by a hot chocolate. We recommend you visit the Sanctuary of the "Reyes Magos", in Tizimín, Yucatan, one of the most important in Latin America.
Día de la Candelaria
Who pays for the tamales
On February 2, which according to the Catholic calendar is the presentation of the Lord and the ritual purification of the Virgin Mary. This day the baby Jesus Sculpture is taken from birth cradle and dressed; to be taken to church to be blessed. For those lucky enough that found the child figure on the "rosca" on January 6, they are by tradition the child’s godparents and must offer tamales for the celebration. It is on this date that the Christmas season in Mexico ends.