Christmas traditions around the world: How other countries celebrate Christmas

Posadas, Mexico

From December 16 to Christmas Eve, Mexican children take part in nine Posada processions, which celebrate Joseph and Mary’s search for a place to stay.

Children are given candles and painted statuettes of Joseph and Mary, while houses are decorated with evergreens, moss and lanterns.

The procession calls at various houses where they sing about Joseph and Mary asking for a room in a house.

The children are then let inside where a party is held and prayers of thanks are offered.

At the final Posada on Christmas Eve, a manger and figures of shepherds are laid out and a baby Jesus is put into the manger before families attend a midnight Church service.