Photos by Eddie Ruvalcaba
Just days before Christmas, many in Boyle Heights are keeping cultural traditions alive by partaking in Las Posadas.
Businesses on First Street wrapped up their nine-day “Posadas de la Primera” celebration Monday with pilgrimage walks and songs, piñatas, food, and mariachi entertainment.
Participating businesses included Un Solo Sol Kitchen, Yeyas, El Sol, La First Street Taqueria, J&F Ice Cream Shop, La Casa del Mariachi, Super Tortas Luisito and Mariachi Los Dorados de Villa.
Las Posadas is a reenactment of the biblical account of Jesus Christ’s birth. The story tells of how Mary and Joseph walked from house to house looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem until they arrive at a farm where they took refuge the same night Jesus was born. For hundreds of years, people have paid tribute to these events by organizing a nine-day procession that takes place from December 16 to the 24 and is mostly practiced in Mexico and other parts of Latin America.