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10:08 Nov 12, 2001
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
Spanish term or phrase: los posadas
los posadas
jon horne
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Summary of answers provided
5Christmas festivitiesBrina
5Christmas parties, Christmas celebrations
GoodWords
5lodging places
Monica Colangelo
5guest house
5boarding houses
5the inns
5Las Posadas/ Posada Parties (please read below)xxxOso
4Inn or hostel
Robert INGLEDEW
4posadasMyrtha
4hotel - hostel - inn (mainly the last two)
4posadas
4posadas
4posadas
4inn, guest house


  

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posadas


Explanation:
This is a tradition in Mexico. They are kind of gatherings before Christmas where people get together to sing Christmas songs, pray, eat and have a good time. Usually they start in the second half of December. By the way, they are las posadas


Native speaker of:

6 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
the inns


Explanation:
Dear Jon:
It is "las posadas", not "los posadas.
Hope it helps.


Native speaker of:

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posadas


Explanation:
This is a tradition in Mexico. They are kind of gatherings before Christmas where people get together to sing Christmas songs, pray, eat and have a good time. Usually they start in the second half of December. By the way, they are las posadas


Native speaker of:

11 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
boarding houses


Explanation:
Could also mean tavern, guest house, inn or public house. In Spain it is nowadays the most basic guest house for travellers.
Berry


Native speaker of:

14 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
guest house


Explanation:
could also mean inn, public house or tavern but in Spain it normally means the most basic place to spend a night for travellers
Berry


Native speaker of:

15 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
Christmas festivities


Explanation:
Hi Jon! I think you mean las posadas. This doesn't have a translation but in Mexico posadas are Christmas festivities. I hope this helps.

Brina
United States
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21 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
hotel - hostel - inn (mainly the last two)


Explanation:
For example, Posadas de Mexico is the operator of Holiday Inn and Fiesta Americana hotels in Mexico.
I am assuming that you meant to write "las posadas"


Native speaker of:

24 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
posadas


Explanation:
I would not translate it. It is a tradition in Mexico, some kind of gathering where people get together to sing, pray, eat, etc. Usually they begin the second half of December and end the day before of Christmas Eve. They remember Mary and Joseph, when they were asking for a place to stay before Jesus was born.


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inn, guest house


Explanation:
In Spain, a posada was an inn in olden days, where food and acommodation were available. The word is still in use in "oldie-worldie" hospitality establishments.


Native speaker of:

1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
lodging places


Explanation:
While in Mexico posadas refers to Xmas festivities, in Argentina and most of South America they are small lodging places (usually in the middle of nowhere)where people like salesmen or poor travellers stop to spend the night.
However, also please note posadas is also the travelling set of spoon, fork and knife. Hope to have helped

Monica Colangelo
Argentina
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Inn or hostel


Explanation:
One reference: Posadas de Mexico (a Mexican company) operates the Holiday Inn and Fiesta Americana hotels in Mexico. Hope this helps.

Robert INGLEDEW
Argentina
Local time: 23:45
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
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posadas


Explanation:
Estas son reuniones con familiares y amigos para recordar cuando José y María buscaban un lugar donde alojarse (posada) cuando Jesús estaba por nacer. Empiezan el 15 de diciembre y terminan el 23 de diciembre. La gente canta villancicos, reza y come. Tradición mexicana.

Myrtha
United States
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Christmas parties, Christmas celebrations


Explanation:
Why is the word "inns" used to refer to Christmas celebrations? Because Latin American Catholic tradition says that the length of time that Joseph and Mary spent looking for room in the inn in Bethlehem was a novena, 9 days.

Religious Christmas celebrations take place during the 9 days before Christmas. Part of the ritual involves acting out Joseph and Mary asking for room in the inn. There are also masses, processions, fireworks, food, and more.

From the association with Christmas celebrations, the word "posada" has also come to be used for a Christmas party. If someone invites you to their "posada", it could well be a party in general, held to celebrate the holiday season in general without the religious component.


    Reference: http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/christmas.html
    Reference: http://www.nacnet.org/assunta/nacimnto.htm
GoodWords
Mexico
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Las Posadas/ Posada Parties (please read below)


Explanation:
Hello Jon,
Some more information for you about this Mexican Tradition:

"In México, Christmas is an important holiday season with strong traditions. One of the most colorful traditions is the posada party, celebrated every evening from December 16 to 24. These celebrations commemorate Mary and Joseph's cold and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter. "Posada" in Spanish, simply means lodging or shelter. Nowadays, the posada has evolved into a religious and social celebration, paying a festive homage to the journey.

Each one of these nights before Christmas, a party is held in a home in the neighborhood. There is plenty of food and drink, with candies and fruit for the children. At dusk, all the guests gather outside the house. A small child dressed as an angel leads, followed by children carrying figures of Mary and Joseph. Boys and girls dressed in silver and gold robes constitute the procession, followed by the adults and musicians. Everyone sings melodious songs as they walk slowly along, carrying theirlit candles. When they reach the house, the group divides in two. One half remains outside and begs for shelter from the other half, which is inside the house. The doors are then opened, the religious part of the celebration ends, and the fun begins.

The happy end to each posada has always been the piñata. A piñata is a fragile earthenware jar covered with paper mache, traditionally made in the shape of a star, to recall the one that so mysteriously guided the ThreeKings to the newborn Jesus. Now piñatas come in all shapes and sizes and are filled with candy, toys, and sometimes money.

In the old days, the last posada held on December 24 was most popular, because it was followed by midnight Mass. In the provinces of Mexico, this tradition lives on. "

Good luck from Oso ¶:^)



    Reference: http://www.mexconnect.com/MEX/austin/posadas.html
xxxOso
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