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Las Posadas at the Martinez Adobe

Nov 20, 2014 10:08PM ● Published by Jennifer Neys

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Experience Las Posadas at the Martinez Adobe, on the grounds of the John Muir National Historic Site, Saturday, December 6, from 1:30PM to 4PM.
4202 Alhambra Avenue in Martinez.

This free, bilingual family program in Spanish and English shares the history behind a holiday tradition celebrated throughout the Americas. A musical procession featuring a donkey and costumed performers leads to the breaking of a traditional piñata and kids' activity stations.

Las Posadas — a holiday tradition in many countries of the Americas — is a musical procession which reenacts Joseph's and Mary's pilgrimage and search for lodging, and that has its origins in New Spain. In the 16th century, when Spanish missionaries noticed the indigenous people already had a ceremony that fell during Christmastime, they developed Las Posadas to convert the native tradition to the Catholic faith.

Today, the Martinez Adobe is home to a bilingual exhibit about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, which commemorates the Spanish settlement of the Bay Area in 1776. Come discover how the faith and traditions introduced by the Spanish continue to play an important role in our community.

Note: This program includes some religious elements for educational and cultural purposes and to share the story of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. People of all faiths are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Contact Hale Sargent of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail: 415-623-2344 or Posadas 2014 Returns to the Martinez Adobe John Muir National Historic Site - 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez

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