by Othon Gonzales
The word ‘posada’ means post, a place for pilgrims to spend the night and get some food.
In the catholic tradition it is said that Joseph and Mary travelled to Bethlem for the census when she was about to give birth the baby Jesus, and when they got there, knocked the door for shelter in eight different posts, they were turned away because all of them were full.
The 9th time they ask for shelter, the owner told them there was no vacancy, but anyway they could stay at the barn.
With the ‘posadas’, the Mexicans celebrate the eight times they were turn away with a party, which 50 years ago was more religious, but nowadays, it’s more a pretext to party, drink beer and have a good time.
The place for the posadas, if you want to go to one in Cozumel is the Ballroom ‘Mobydick’ on 65 ave. You might discover private ones all over the island.
Tati´s Photo tip:
It is an act of politness to ask permission to photograph posadas, people praying, singing, etc.
I have never had bad experiences in Cozumel. People are very friendly.
Whenever I asked if I could take a picture I was welcome to.
Once you have permission you become part of the event…use it wise to get stunning pictures.