Traditional Las Posadas Comes to TAMIU Friday, Dec. 3, 2004

Traditional Las Posadas Comes to TAMIU Friday


This Friday night, the ageless tale of Las Posadas will highlight the Texas A&M International University campus at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts' Recital Hall.

The traditional event is free and open to the public and presented by the TAMIU Ballet Folklórico. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Families are especially encouraged to come and bring their children.

Gabriela Mendoza-García, director of the Ballet Folklórico, explained the tradition of Las Posadas.

"In the nine nights before Christmas, groups of families re-enact Mary and Joseph's search for lodging in Bethlehem. They travel from house to house, carrying figures representing los peregrinos, or the pilgrims. At each house, those outside sing and request a place to rest. Inside, the residents respond in song, denying their request. Finally the last house welcomes them, and all join in singing Entren Santos Peregrinos," explained Mendoza-García.

After the processional, many different folklórico groups from across Laredo will dance, said Mendoza-García. Groups include the González Middle School Ballet Folklórico, Honore Ligarde Elementary, Ballet Folklórico de Aquiles Serdán,Bonnie L. García Ballet Folklórico

"And finally, the TAMIU Ballet Folklorico will close the evening with performances from the states of Michoacan, Chiapas, Zacatecas, Veracruz, Sinaloa, Jalisco and the revolutionary period in Mexican history. It's a truly festive evening," said Mendoza-García.

The event is funded by The City Of Laredo and TAMIU Student Programming Board.

For more information about Las Posadas, please contact Mendoza-García at 326.2654, visit offices in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, room 217B, or e-mail gabym@tamiu.edu

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