Traditional Posada Celebration Hosted for First Time at Pearl
Traditional Posada at Pearl with tenants to Re-enact Biblical Story of the Search for Lodging in Bethlehem + Traditional Christmas Celebration on December 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
WHAT: Inspired by the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas, Pearl is excited to host its first traditional Posada along with various Christmas-themed entertainment on December 19. Community members are invited to join the posada and become pilgrims traveling by candlelight for the night. Las Posadas is a nine-day Christmas celebration in Mexico and Latin America, centered on the ritual re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s quest to find lodging in Bethlehem in the story of the nativity of Jesus. Added fun for the evening includes a sing along with Fr. David Garcia, children’s crafts, piñatas and custom Mexican treats like buñuelos, tamales and Mexican hot chocolate.
WHO: There will be four stops throughout Pearl’s Posada re-enactment. Posada hosts will act as the innkeepers while their guests, including community members and the parish members of Mission Concepción and Mariachi Mexica, act as the travelling pilgrims seeking lodging by candlelight (los peregrinos). Mayela Perez will play Mary and Jonathon Salinas will act as Joseph. Children guests are encouraged to dress as angels and shepherds.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 19- 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
6:30 PM – Children’s Crafts
7:15 PM – Posada begins at Pearl Park
8:00 PM – Posada Celebration
WHERE: Pearl Park
Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215
Parking information available here: www.atpearl.com/.
COST: Free Admission
Las Posadas is a Christmas celebration that lasts for nine days from December 16 to December 24 throughout Mexico and Latin America. Las Posadas involves the ritual reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem, in the story of the nativity of Jesus. “Posada” is the Spanish word for lodging and this nine-day-long event during the advent season represents the nine months of Mary being pregnant with baby Jesus.
Traditionally, each family in a neighborhood will schedule a Posada at their home with a nativity scene where the hosts of the Posada act as the innkeepers. The neighbors become the pilgrims (peregrinos), who request lodging by travelling from house-to-house in traditional song. All the pilgrims carry candles and are joined by Joseph and Mary riding on a donkey with angels and shepherds. Per tradition, residents then refuse lodging, also in song, until the weary pilgrims reach the designated site for the fiesta and where Mary and Joseph at last are recognized and granted to enter, baby Jesus can be born, and the fiesta can go on with candy-filled piñatas, tamales and buñuelos.
The posada also represents a time to remember the people in our world today who are displaced from their homes by war, violence, poverty and more, who are refugees simply seeking a safe shelter and family. Like Mary and Joseph they ask our help to open doors for them. Posadas call for us to remember them and grant prayer and support.
Pearl, located north of downtown San Antonio, provides a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination. The mixed-use space retail, dining, picturesque green spaces, paseos riverside amphitheater, and the third campus of The Culinary Institute of America. As a former brewery operating from 1883 to 2001, Pearl reflects a vivid past while embracing the future with LEED-certified complexes mixed with historic architecture.
The 22-acre Pearl site is home to the recently opened Bottling Department, The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, the year-round Pearl Farmers Market, Hotel Emma, and its restaurant Supper. Pearl restaurants include the newly opened Botika by Executive Chef Geronimo Lopez, Il Sogno Osteria, by CIA graduate and James Beard Award-nominated chef Andrew Weissman; La Gloria by CIA graduate chef Johnny Hernandez; Nao Latin Gastro Bar, from The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio; Blue Box Bar; The Boiler House Texas Grill and Wine Garden; The Granary ‘Cue and Brew; Cured; Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery; Bakery Lorraine; Local Coffee; Lick Honest Ice Creams, Green Vegetarian Cuisine, and the High Street Wine Co.
Pearl is also known for its shops, including The Sporting District, Roo & Me, Melissa Guerra Latin American Kitchen store, The Twig Book Shop, Hiatus Spa + Retreat, The Tiny Finch, Adelante Boutique, Ten Thousand Villages, LeeLee Shoes, Dos Carolinas, Leighelena, Niche Boutique, The Synergy Studio, and Bike World. Notable office tenants at Pearl include San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, Nature Conservancy, San Antonio Area Foundation, RBC Securities, The CE Group, Inc., WestEast Design Group, KGB Texas, and The San Antonio Business Journal. The Can Plant offers urban contemporary apartments with a place in history. Event spaces include the historic Pearl Stable and the more contemporary Pearl Studio. For more information visit www.atpearl.com.