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Christmas in St. Augustine: The Posadas

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  2.  ST. AUGUSTINE: For more than 400 years, the colonial Hispanic Christmas tradition of Las Posadashas been celebrated by processions throughout the New World.  The event is a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodgings (Spanish: “posadas”) in Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve.

Saturday, Dec. 17 Florida Living History, Inc.’s (FLH’s – www.floridalivinghistory.org ) volunteers will present this night-time, candle-lit heritage Event, set in the year 1580.  From 7 to 8 p.m.,, citizens and visitors are invited to join FLH as we process along St. George Street in historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest continuously occupied, European city, port, and parish in the continental United States.

FLH’s Las Posadas procession will form at 6:30PM by the City Gates, near the north end of St. George Street – the public is encouraged to join in the procession.  The processioneers will march down St. George Street, stopping at several designated locations to “ask for lodgings,” as is traditional.  The Las Posadas procession will conclude at the end of St. George Street, in front of Government House, where FLH’s Theater with a Mission group, from Tallahassee, will present a centuries-old scene from Lope de Vega‘s Cristo Nuestro Bien(A Shepherds & Angels Play), under the direction of FLH Director Dr. Ben Gunter.

Admission to this heritage Event is free of charge to the public.

Support for this Event is provided, in part, by the Florida Humanities Council ( www.flahum.org/ ), the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by the continued generosity of FLH’s donors.

Founded in St. Augustine, Florida, in 2009, Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH), is a community based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers dedicated to educating the public about Florida’s colonial and territorial history, using living-history programs, demonstrations, and recreated portrayals of significant historical events.  FLH’s numerous heritage Events are funded solely through corporate/private donations, FLH fund-raising, and state/national grants.  No local public funds are utilized.

 FLH supports educational initiatives that promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Florida’s, and America’s, rich and diverse heritage.  For more information on Florida Living History, Inc., please contact us via e-mail at info@floridalivinghistory.org !

 

 

About Anne Heymen (72 Articles)
Retired after 49 years in major media publication, Anne spends her time as Contributing Editor to PluggedIn whenever her two cats allow her some time to herself.

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