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The Posada Event at Xavier College Prep is a vibrant and culturally rich celebration that brings the community together to commemorate the traditional Mexican Christmas custom of Las Posadas. This event is deeply rooted in faith, tradition, and community spirit, providing a joyous occasion for students, families, faculty, and friends of Xavier to engage in festive activities and share in the holiday cheer.

Event Highlights

  1. Procession and Reenactment: The heart of the Posada Event is the reenactment of Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem. Participants, often dressed in traditional costumes, walk in a candlelit procession around the school grounds, singing traditional Posada songs (villancicos) and stopping at designated "inns" where they are initially turned away before finally being welcomed.
  2. Music and Caroling: The event features live music and caroling, with performances by the school choir and musicians. Traditional Christmas carols and Posada songs fill the air, creating a festive and joyous atmosphere.
  3. Prayer and Reflection: As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, the Posada Event includes moments of prayer and reflection. These moments serve to remind participants of the spiritual significance of the Christmas season and the importance of hospitality, compassion, and community.
  4. Food and Refreshments: Following the procession, attendees gather to enjoy a feast of traditional Mexican foods. Tamales, pozole, pan dulce, and hot chocolate are typically served, offering a delicious taste of Mexican culinary traditions.
  5. Piñatas and Festive Activities: The celebration often includes fun activities for children, such as breaking piñatas filled with candy and small treats. These activities add to the festive spirit and provide joyful entertainment for younger participants.
  6. Community Gathering: The Posada Event is a time for the entire Xavier community to come together. It provides an opportunity for students, parents, faculty, and staff to interact, share stories, and create lasting memories. The sense of togetherness and community is palpable, making it a highlight of the school year.

The Posada Event at Xavier College Prep is a cherished tradition that beautifully blends cultural heritage with the school’s Catholic and Jesuit values. It is a celebration of faith, hospitality, and community, offering a meaningful way for the Xavier family to come together and celebrate the Christmas season. Through the reenactment of Mary and Joseph's journey, festive music, traditional foods, and communal activities, the Posada Event fosters a sense of unity and joy that resonates with all who attend.