Las Posadas (mostly in Mexico beginning December 16 and ending December 24, on evenings)
- The Aztec winter solstice festival had traditionally been observed from December 7 to 26 as according to the Aztec calendar, their most important deity, the sun god Huitzilopochtli, was born in December).
- The parallel in time between this native celebration and the birth of the Christ lent itself to an almost seamless merging of the two holy days.
- Two people dress as Mary and Joseph and certain houses are the inn
- The head of the procession will have a candle. At each house, the resident responds by singing a song and Mary and Joseph are finally recognized and allowed to enter
- Once the "innkeepers" let them in, the group of guests come into the home and kneel around the Nativity scene to pray
- The procession will be followed by musicians, with the entire procession singing.
- At the end of each night's journey, there will be Christmas carols, children will break open star-shaped piñatas to obtain candy and fruit hidden inside, and there will be a feast.