Claudia Micher de Anda (CLAUDIA@ATENAS.GDL.ITESO.MX)
Mon, 5 Dec 1994 16:15:27 CST
> I'm preparing a short course through christmas traditions from the
> whole world.
> I would be happy to hear from you in what country what christmas
> tradition exists ... please write me the Christmas-Greeting too. I
> think in America, they say "Happy Christmas" and in Germany, we say
> "Frohe Weihnachten" ...
In Mexico we say "Feliz Navidad", although I might say that spanish
has a lot of variations, depending on thew country you're talking
Part of the mexican Christmas tratidion are the "posadas": twelve
parties before christmas eve (that's from december 12 to 23). You're
supposed to go to the whole twelve, but no one that I know can!
Besides, you have to be invited, or you can assist to a public one.
Some times we exchange presents, in some sort of chain; that is,
I give you a present, and then you give him a present, and then him
gives her a present, and in the end the last one gives a present to
me. The names are chosen in advance from a jar with pieces of paper -
each name in each piece.
We also sing christmas carols, and break pinatas.
On christmas eve, we usually gather with our family. We eat
turkey, but with other typical stuff. I don't think that I know the
names in english! We sing a little more, and then we make a
procession in which we cary Mary and Joseph from one "house" to
another, and finally get to a "hotel", in which they are accepted.
Yyou have to consider that Mexico is a 90% catholic country, so this
traditions are full of reminiscenses from the spanish conquer, and
the roman-catholic tradition.
Hope this is useful.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City