December 11th 2016 / Mexican Posada at Balliol College

Christmas Posadas are a tradition whose origins go all the way back to the Aztec winter solstice festival. During this season, the Aztecs believed their god Quetzalcoatl would descend from the skies to visit them. After the Aztecs were conquered by the Spanish, they later re-invented the winter solstice festival by incorporating the religious parade and using the opportunity to teach the story of Jesus’ birth to the indigenous tribes of Mexico.

Nowadays this season is just another excuse to have a good party with delicious food and of course a traditional piñata. Here in Oxford we didn’t miss this opportunity, and we organised a traditional posada in collaboration with the Balliol College MCR Ethnic Minorities Office.