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Local families keep endearing, long-standing Hispanic tradition alive and well

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On Friday, Dec. 20, members of the Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and others in the community gathered to once again take part in La Posada. Translated as “lodging,” La Posada is a long-standing Hispanic tradition, but it’s been a few years since Trinidad had seen such an event.

“It’s been maybe around 10 years since we’ve held La Posada,” said Yolanda Romero, who was pivotal in organizing this year’s event. “It is a tradition we would like to see continue and felt it was important to see it happen this year.”

While some traditions involve going to church to listen to the Nativity story, La Posada brings Mary and Joseph to life and onto the streets by reenacting the couple’s search for lodging. It is said that this tradition began as early as 1586 and Latin American communities across the globe hold similar festivities to celebrate the birth of Christ every year.

This year’s procession began at The Coal Miner’s Museum and people from kids to adults were busy putting on attire while musicians sang a few songs to warm up before they took to the streets.

“This is a part of our faith and a time to come together as a community to share this faith with each other,” said Becky Butero, who played Mary. “We are honored to be able to continue this tradition in Trinidad.”

The procession of about 25 people stopped at several stores including Bella Luna’s and Tutti Scoops among others to ask for lodging and singing songs after each shop turned them away as was the case with Mary and Joseph that first Christmas Eve night.

In organizing this event, Romero said the Las Animas County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Coal Miner’s Museum were a huge help in making La Posada happen.

After the procession on Main Street and Commercial, stopping at a few stores along the way, the group ended up back at The Coal Miner’s Museum for celebration and music.

“We would like to see this continue every year,” said Romero. “Traditions and faith are important and bring people together.”

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