Members of Texas A&M International University 's Ballet Folklorico will once again help keep a regional holiday tradition alive with the presentation of the Fifth Annual Las Posadas Celebration scheduled Sunday, Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m. in the University's Kinesiology/Convocation Building. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
Organized by the Ballet Folklórico and the Student Government Association, the Las Posadas Celebration is the largest of its kind in the city and presents an exacting re-creation of a Mexican posada complete with traditional dance, music, and food of Mexico. This year's performers will include the Ballet Folklórico, Ballet Folklórico Juvenil, the University Band and the award-winning Mariachi Internacional.
"Las Posadas is a tradition in Mexico that occurs during the nine nights before Christmas. According to tradition, a group of families gather at one home and re-enact Mary and Joseph's search to find lodging in Bethlehem," explained Gabriela Mendoza-García, associate director of Student Development and Ballet Folklórico director, "We invite the entire community to participate and celebrate the holidays with music, food and candlelight."
After the re-enactment processional and entertainment, a free reception will be held, featuring Mexican foods traditionally served during the holiday season.
For more information on Las Posadas at A&M International Sunday, Dec. 2, please contact Mendoza-García at 326-2280 or the Student Government Association office at 326-2265.
University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.