This month we are spotlighting Las Posadas and International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Las Posadas is a religious festival celebrated in Mexico and some parts of the United States starting on December 16 through the 24. Las Posadas commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus.
Las Posadas is celebrated in cities and towns across Mexico. Each evening, a small child dressed as an angel leads a procession through the streets of the town. The procession is primarily made up of children dressed in silver and gold robes carrying lit candles and images of Mary and Joseph riding a donkey. Adults, including musicians, follow the procession, which visits selected homes and asks for lodging for Joseph and Mary.
Traditionally, the procession is always refused lodging, though the hosts often provide refreshments. At each stop, passages of scripture are read and Christmas carols are sung. Church service is held each day and after the service, children break open piñatas filled with candy, toys and sometimes money. The piñatas are usually crafted in the form of a star, which is said to have guided the three wise men to the newborn Jesus.
December 3 is the annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) first recognized in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly. The purpose is to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities at every level of society.
The IDEAs Council wants to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!