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.