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December 15, 2015 > Christmas Posadas

Christmas Posadas

Submitted By Arathi Satish

The celebration of Las Posadas has been part of Christmas festivities in Fremont since 1982. The Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC) and the Committee for the Restoration of the Mission San Jose have co-sponsored this event for more than thirty years, and continue the annual tradition in the Mission San Jose district Tuesday, December 15 through Wednesday, December 23.

Posada means inn or shelter in Spanish and this event re-enacts Mary and Josephs search for a shelter in Bethlehem. The nine nights of posadas leading up to Christmas symbolizes their nine days journey to Bethlehem, or alternatively, the nine months Mary was pregnant with Jesus. The procession generally includes people costumed as Joseph, Mary, angels, shepherds, and the Three Wise Men who travel to different houses seeking shelter. They are denied entry, until finally they are allowed to enter the designated house where the festivities take place.

In Fremont, this holiday ritual is celebrated to honor the Fremont Spanish Mission heritage. The procession begins every evening from the front porch of the Old Mission San Jose Museum. It is open to public and people gather at 6 p.m. The procession begins with people holding candles and singing traditional songs, then they proceed towards a local business or site located within two blocks of the Mission. As per tradition, a family is selected to carry a statue of Mary and Joseph. Inside the business location selected, FCAC provides an entertainment program and light refreshments are provided by the hosts.

People participating in the event are advised to carry flashlights and wear warm clothes. For more information, call (510) 794-7166.

Las Posadas
Tuesday, Dec 15 Ð Wednesday, Dec 23
6 p.m. Gathering Time
Old Mission Museum
43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 794-7166
www.fremontculturalartscouncil.org
Free

Schedule:

Tuesday, Dec 15
Von Till & Associates
152 Anza St, Fremont
Entertainment: Anza Street Troubadours, Traditional Christmas

Wednesday, Dec 16
Olive Hyde Art Guild
123 Washington Blvd, Fremont
Entertainment: Band of Gold, Country Pop Christmas

Thursday, Dec 17
Dutra Enterprises, Inc.
43430 Mission Blvd, Fremont
Entertainment: Sharon Xavier de Sousa, Soprano, Christmas Past, Present & Future

Friday, Dec 18
Washington Township Museum of Local History
190 Anza St, Fremont
Entertainment: Center Stage Singers, Christmas Favorites

Saturday, Dec 19
Intero Real Estate Services
43225 Mission Blvd, Fremont
Entertainment: Connie Chew, Soprano, Arias

Sunday, Dec 20
Sisters of the Holy Family
159 Washington Blvd, Fremont
Entertainment: First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, Traditional & Classical Christmas Music & Carols

Monday, Dec 21
Mission Coffee and More
151 Washington Blvd, Fremont
Entertainment: Kristen Del Rio, Soprano with Band, A Little Night Music

Tuesday, Dec 22
Dominican Sisters Mission San Jose
43326 Mission Blvd, Fremont
Entertainment: AAAAHZ, Traditional Christmas

Wednesday, Dec 23
Old Mission Church
43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont
St. Joseph Parish


Note:
A ÒposadaÓ will also be held in Newark on Sunday, December 20 at 6 p.m.
Magnolia Plaza
7015 Thornton Ave, Newark
(510) 792-9909

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