Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA), will host “Las Posadas: Louisiana’s Spanish Tradition” on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Los Adaes State Historic Site.
At 11:30am, local historian Rhonda Gauthier will talk about how Las Posadas has been celebrated in Northwest Louisiana. From 11am to 1pm the Los Adaes Foundation and CRNHA invites everyone to come enjoy a Las Posadas covered dish lunch and samples of traditional foods. We ask that attendees bring a side or drinks to share, the Los Adaes Foundation will supply the Traditional Las Posadas’ Piloncillo and Chipotle Ham. Come take part in this community meal. During this time kids will have the opportunity to weave their own baskets based on similar ones constructed by historic tribes, and get a chance to take a swing at the Las Posadas Piñata!
Holiday gatherings tend to occur around food and traditions! “The winter was a time of hardship for many in the colonial era, religious festivals and services were a way to bring light and cheer to families”, Mumaugh explains. “Spanish colonial rule worked to meld native beliefs and festivals into Christian observances to ease assimilation.” Thus the 19-day Aztec winter solstice festival, celebrated from December 7 to December 26, became known as Las Posadas and adapted its own specific style in various areas of New Spain.
All events will occur outside and, depending upon weather conditions, the kids’ basket weaving and traditional food sampling will be moved inside, but the community lunch and piñata will be cancelled. This event is free to the public and those planning to take part in the community lunch are encouraged to bring a covered dish or drinks to share.