A Christmastime tradition in Mission San Jose since 1982, Las Posadas began Dec. 15 and concluded Wednesday at Mission San Jose at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

It was co-sponsored by the Committee for the Restoration of the Mission San Jose and Fremont Cultural Arts Council.

The nine days of processions from Mission San Jose Museum to nearby businesses and other sites are a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter before the birth of Jesus. Posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish.

Usually, the procession includes people costumed as Joseph, Mary, angels, shepherds and the Three Wise Men.

A family is selected each night to carry a statue of Mary and Joseph and participants hold candles and sing traditional songs. At the evening’s destination, Fremont Cultural Arts Council provides an entertainment program and light refreshments.

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