(Seguin) -- You're invited to follow the Star and the footsteps of those included in the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas Season will be celebrated this Sunday night with the annual Las Posadas tradition in downtown Seguin. The word Las Posadas means "the shelter."
Robin Walker, one of the coordinators of this year's event, says the tradition, which originates from Spanish Colonial Mexico, celebrates the journey of Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem.
"Las Posadas, I became interested in it while I was living in Laredo because it was so close to Mexico. So many of the people celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ with the posada. It’s a procession. It always ends in a little bit of a celebration, a party, but it begins with Mary and Joseph knocking on the door of the first inn and saying ‘we'd like to come in’ and of course -- they're singing it. It's sung in Spanish, but when we adapted it to Seguin and I didn't start it -- Fanny Harkins and the ladies of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. James, I think began it. Then, they decided that it would be wonderful to include St. Andrew's Church which is where the procession ends right off the square," said Walker.
The traditional event in Mexico lasts nine days but the Seguin "Las Posadas" is a one night event lasting about an hour. Walker says the reenactment is enhanced by candles and flashlights carried by the community as it strolls through the festively lit downtown square of Seguin.
"It's the closest to what you really should be celebrating for Christmas. It's so charming. The music is charming. Generally, you'll have two or three mariachis or a guitarist that'll come along and sings. The group sings. We have books to look at and it translates it into English – basically, the story of ‘Can we come in? No, we don't have any room for you’ in the end and you move in a procession with the whole group. Sometimes, we have a very special angel that walks with us every year. I hope she'll be available. They do a Posada in San Antonio down near the Grand Cathedral, but most towns don't," said Walker.
Walker says the tradition of Las Posadas is a non-denominational event and is made possible thanks to several churches. They include Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, St. James Catholic Church and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. She says the event each year pulls in up about 400 participants. This year's procession begins at Seguin City Hall and then takes Mary and Joseph outside the doors of the Seguin Heritage Museum, the Guadalupe County Courthouse, the Plaza Hotel and all ending with refreshments at St. Andrew's church.
The free Las Posadas event begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at Seguin City Hall. City hall is located at 205 N. River St.