December 24, 2009

FROM THE ARCHIVES: NOTHING LIKE A FINE IMPORTED RED:

Keeping the faith: In the San Luis Valley, roots, community strengthened in tradition of Las Posadas (Fernando Quinteron, December 24, 2005, Rocky Mountain News)

This was the third year Mireya Molina played Mary in Las Posadas, an annual procession re-enacting the futile search for shelter in Bethlehem, which takes place in nine villages in the San Luis Valley on the nine evenings before Christmas.

Her boyfriend, Manuel Orozco, played Joseph. The two are seniors at Centennial High School in nearby San Luis.

"It's OK," she said about her coveted role as Mary as two elderly men hoisted her up on an uncooperative donkey named Donkey. "I didn't think I'd be doing it again, but here I am. Mary."

Selena Sanchez was more enthusiastic about the role.

She played Mary two years ago.

"It's neat to ride on the donkey and have people following you around," said Sanchez, who, along with her mother, Brandee Gallegos, was among dozens of bundled-up parishioners of Holy Family Church who met around a bonfire outside the chapel to begin the procession.

"They're keeping an important tradition alive," said Gallegos of Las Posadas. "It brings our community together and celebrates our faith."

Faith runs deep and strong here, nourished by generations of cultural and religious tradition tracing back to the area's Hispanic roots and kept intact by the area's relative isolation.

Las Posadas at Christmastime is the highlight of the community's celebration of faith.


And Tom Tancredo can't figure out why the religious party doesn't hate them.


N.B.: Is anyone else reminded of the great novel, Red Sky at Morning?


(Originally posted: 12/24/05)

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 24, 2009 12:36 AM
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