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Home Things to Do Festivals Autry Museum in Los Angeles to Celebrate Las Posadas Tradition on Dec. 16

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Autry Museum in Los Angeles to Celebrate Las Posadas Tradition on Dec. 16

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The Autry National Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. will celebrate the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas in which children portray Mary and Joseph in their journey to seek shelter in Bethlehem prior to the birth of the baby Jesus.

A singing procession will take place throughout the museum, with the "inns" being at the gallery entrances, and adults portraying the innkeepers urging in song for Mary and Joseph to move on. Afterward, there will be a grand celebration with hot chocolate and cookies on the plaza.

las_posadas_lore_kd12As guests gather in Heritage Court, traditional music, including Christmas classics, will be performed in Spanish by Linda Straley and Hector Marcus. The program will include a brief introduction about the history and traditions of Las Posadas.

The musicians will teach visitors the cantos de Las Posadas (Las Posadas songs) prior to the procession. Led by folklorico group, Grandeza Mexicana, the procession will begin in Heritage Court with stops along the way at gallery doors with a final stop on the Plaza, where guests will be treated to a performance of La Pastolera.

Performed by Grandeza Mexicana, La Pastolera depicts the pilgrimage of the shepherds as the traveled to Bethlehem to see baby Jesus through music, humor and dance. Mexican sweet bread and hot chocolate served after the performance.

Last year's inaugural Las Posadas at the Autry saw about 350 guests enjoying the program and learning about Las Posadas.

Museum admission rates apply, and will be free for Autry members. The Autry Museum is located in Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

The Autry National Center is a history museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. The Autry's collection of over 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts, which includes the collection of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, is one of the largest and most significant in the United States.

For more information, visit the Web site at
http://theautry.org/ .

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