Feel like swinging at a tall piñata to relieve some holiday stress? Well you’re out of luck, because the five-feet-tall and five-feet-long piñata that will be hanging at the Midtown Global Market all day on Saturday is just for show. Not to worry — there will be smaller piñatas available for children to swat at for the Posada de la Hispanidad, now in its third year.
Traditionally, Latin Americans celebrate Las Posadas during the nine days before the Noche Buena on December 24. Each house has a nativity scene, and neighborhood children and adults, along with statues of Mary, Joseph, and the mule, go to three houses on each evening and ask for shelter by singing a simple chant. Only the third house will allow the neighbors entrance, and that is the house where a party takes place, with games and singing. For the adults, there is also Ponche con Piquete, an alcoholic punch.
The Midtown Global Market Celebration won’t have the Mary and Joseph procession because, according to event organizer Veronica Suarez, there isn’t enough room for a procession. Also, Suarez says “We want to keep things neutral because there are so many different cultures represented at the Global Market.”
Instead there will be music by Alma Andino, a traditional folklorico group and by Skaliticians, a Ska band, and dancing by the Aztec Dancers. Santa Claus will also be there, and there will be games for the children, with prizes donated by 127 different sponsors.
Sheila Regan is a theater artist based in Minneapolis. When not performing or writing, she serves as educational coordinator for Teatro del Pueblo.