Photo Gallery: Las Posadas in Ranchos de Taos


Las Posadas, meaning the “inns” or “shelters,” has been celebrated in New Mexico for centuries.

Parishioners filled the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church for Mass Sunday night (Dec. 16), on the first of the nine-day celebration of Las Posadas in Ranchos de Taos. The novena represents the nine months Mary was expecting Jesus leading to Christmas.

A creative retelling of the Nativity story of the Catholic faith, the tradition begins with Mass followed by a procession of singers accompanying Mary and Joseph as they search for lodging before the birth of Christ. The procession of singers knock on doors of various homes to beg shelter through song. After being rejected twice, the procession journeys to the third home, where they are invited inside to sing closing hymns and enjoy regional foods.


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