Seeking Las Posadas (Shelter) at Mary Baldwin

November 19, 2004

Mary Baldwin University students are usually snug in their residence halls on frosty winter evenings, but students and community members will make a chilly pilgrimage on campus December 1 to take part in the Latin American holiday celebration of Las Posadas.

Las Posadas – which roughly translates to ‘lodging,’ ‘shelter,’ or ‘the inns’ – is a reenactment of the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph’s search for a place for the birth of Jesus. The event has been celebrated in Mexico since the 16th century and traditionally involves a party and appearance by children playing Mary and Joseph at a different home each night between December 16 and 24.

Mary Baldwin’s adaptation of the Christmas story will start in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted center at 6 p.m. Students and members of the public are invited to join the procession ‘ to be led by two young children ’ as it stops at several buildings and residence halls in the search for shelter. Each stop will feature a different holiday celebration, including Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas in the Caribbean, Italy, and other countries around the world, said Andrea Cornett-Scott, dean of African American and multicultural affairs. The procession will end with a party in the Student Activities Center.