In Mexico you will not suffer from cold winters as the Christmas traditions are responsible of giving warmth to one of the most colorful and lively seasons of the year for Mexicans. The Christmas holidays in Loreto, and all of Mexico, are passed in an environment full of color, hubbub and optimism. It is a season that begins with the Posadas and Pastorelas, and continues with the celebration of Christmas Eve and extends with the New Year celebrations. The festivities last until January and February, with the Rosca de Reyes and the tamales of La Candelaria, respectively.
The Posadas are celebrated from December 16 to 24. In these festivities, litanies are sung for an inn, a candid representation of the vicissitudes of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem. During the Posada the night is illuminated with candles and flares, the guests break piñatas and the hosts distribute sweets and snacks.
The Christmas Eve dinner on December 24 is a special occasion where family and friends gather. In Mexico they offer romeritos, cod, the traditional Christmas turkey, punch and cider. Usually dinner is served a little late, around 11 PM or 12 AM. As in many other countries, different families also attend a midnight mass. In that sense, one of the most important festive symbols during these dates is the piñata, which is filled with seeds and gifts, where blindfolded attendees try to hit the piñata to receive the gifts. On Christmas day the celebration continues with the delivery of gifts and with the famous reheating, Christmas if it is an official holiday in Mexico.
New Years is a celebration of joy, optimism and hope. It is customary to eat 12 grapes or lentil dishes for good luck. Among other traditions include the blessing of the candles, and fireworks. January 6 is an endearing date for Mexicans. The children write their letters to the Magician Kings: Melchor, Gaspar y Baltazar. In addition, the Rosca de Reyes is shared with hot Mexican cocoa as a beverage.
Without closing up to the world it is important to preserve customs and traditions that are part of our country, culture, history and, of course, ourselves.