“Las Posadas”: Linking Faith with Social Action

Las Posadas celebration 

Last December the National Coalition for Dignity and Permanent Residency organized a traditional religious celebration called “Las Posadas” (which means “shelter”) but with a new twist. This celebration honors Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search for shelter and takes place during the Christmas season.  This group reinterpreted the celebration to bring attention to the struggles of immigrant workers in the United States.  Members dressed up as Mary and Joseph, shepherds, sang traditional songs and walked to the local offices of Senators and Representatives from Congress, to call attention to the plight of immigrants who are also in search of “shelter.” This is a great example of how cultural and religious celebrations can be infused with social relevance and a political message.


About josemalamillo

Professor of Chicano/a Studies California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
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