Elementary Students Get A Cultural Lesson With Las Posadas Procession

First and second graders at Hillside Elementary School participate in a ceremony that re-enacts the search for lodging by Mary and Joseph


It was a cultural lesson that ended with cupcakes and cookies.

Three first grade classes and a combination first/second grade class participated in a Las Posadas procession Thursday afternoon at Hillside Elementary School.

The activity taught the young students about the cultural significance of the ceremony, which has origins in Spain and is widely celebrated today in Mexico and Guatemala.

In the procession, participants carry candles and re-enact the search by Mary and Joseph for lodging as they carried the baby Jesus with them.

On Wednesday, one of the first grade classrooms kicked it off by walking with paper "candles" in hand to the adjoining classroom. They asked, "Is there room?" The other class replied, "No, there isn't" and joined them.

The group then went to the third and fourth classrooms and got the same response. The entire congregation then walked to the cafeteria, where they were told there indeed was room for them.

Inside, teachers and parent volunteers had set up a celebration with the cookies and cupcakes.

Hillside Principal Pam VandeKamp said the project taught students a lesson in social studies. They also incorporated it into their reading and writing lessons.

This fall, the students have also learned the origins and cultural significance of Halloween, Hanukkah,

"It's fun and interesting for the students," said VandeKamp. "We encourage students to learn and this is a great way to do that."

VandeKamp said the lessons are not religion-based but focus instead of history and culture.

"We're not teaching religion," she said. "We're teaching about other cultures."

Rob Phillips December 31, 2012 at 05:07 PM
You can stretch your logic as far as you want to make ridiculous comparisons between religious and secular holidays. I will leave it to Catholic.org to define La Posadas and let reasonable people decide if its primarily a religious event or a cultural one. "CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - What is a Posada? This is a question that a lot of people ask as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. The tradition of the Posadas was brought to Mexico from Spain in the 1500's by Catholic Missionaries. The Posadas commemorate Mary and Joseph's difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a place for the Christ Child to be born. The Posadas are not to be confused with a mere Christmas party. Instead, the Posadas should be seen as a religious event. In Catholic parishes, parishioners and anyone who wishes to join in meet at the church at a specific time during the early evening. The Posada begins with the recitation of the Holy Rosary, a very beautiful prayer to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. When a part of the Rosary is prayed by all those who have gathered for the Posada, the group begins to proceed from the church to the local neighborhood."


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