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Nativity scenes from Mexico by Mexconnect Staff

The exhibit De Posadas, Nacimientos y Reyes. Navidades in Mexico at the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares in Coyoacán, Mexico City features a fascinating array of Christmas-themed, predominantly clay and polychrome figures from artists both known and unknown from various corners of the Republic spanning the last 30 years. Runs until February 2; general entry 11 pesos; free on Sundays. Av. Hidalgo 289

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Mexico's Christmas traditions: Posadas, pastorelas and nacimientos Judy King

Few North Americans recognize that the roots of these treasured “Christmas” traditions were active long before the birth of Christ. In fact, most evolved from pagan winter solstice rituals of the Celts, Druids, Scandinavians and indigenous groups, and the much older Jewish Festival of Lights.

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Christmas in Mexico: Navidad en Mexico, a Mexican holiday resource page Index Page

Posadas, Pastorelas And Nacimientos. Few North Americans recognize that the roots of these treasured “Christmas” traditions were active long before the birth of Christ. In fact, most evolved from pagan winter solstice rituals of the Celts, Druids, Scandinavians and indigenous groups, and the much older Jewish Festival of Lights. While the most beloved Mexican Christmas traditions are firmly based on the birth of Christ, the timing of the celebration coincides with Mexico’s ancient worship of the sun. During the nine darkest days of winter, the Aztecs celebrated the God of the Sun, pleading for his return and praising both the Sun and his virgin mother goddess. read more
Published or Updated on: December 23, 2012 by Mexconnect Staff © 2012
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