Paid PostPosted on Dec 16, 201610 Things You May Not Know About Las PosadasHow much do you really know about this nine-day celebration?by AbuelitaBrand PublisherFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. It's thought that Las Posadas can be traced to Augustine priests who wanted to be able to teach the Aztecs about their religion. Getty Images Their celebrations coincided with an Aztec festival celebrating the birth of their god Huitzilopochtli. 2. Nowadays the celebrations take place in family homes, but originally they were held in the church. Getty Images 3. The last posada, which happens on December 24, ends with a midnight mass. Glendale Lapastora/ (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: glendale2000 4. "The Novena" signifies the nine months Mary carried Jesus in her womb. Getty Images 5. The songs sung at each home form a dialogue between the “Fuera,” sung by the pilgrims, and “Dentro,” sung by those playing the innkeepers. MunicipioPinas/ (CC BY 2.0) / Via /Flickr: municipiopinas 6. The star-shaped piñata has seven points that are meant to symbolize the seven deadly sins. S. Alexis/ (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: sapa7180 7. And rather than being filled with candy, these piñatas are stuffed with peanuts, oranges, and sugar cane. Getty Images And although your head may crack as this waterfall of goodies rains on you, you still have the best of times being the one who breaks it! 8. The piñata itself represents the temptation of evil, while the act of being blindfolded and hitting it symbolizes overcoming this with blind faith. Getty Images 9. The treats released from inside the piñata are the rewards from heaven, which are shared among guests in packages called "aguinaldos." Roberto Lopez / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: ww.flickr.com/photos/morphreak/3236470905//https://www.babble.com/best-recipes/how-to-make-posada-candy-bags-aguinaldos/ The word "aguinaldo" is basically a synonym of "felicidad." :) 10. To stay warm, guests are served ponche, an aromatic fruit punch that includes piloncillo, water, cinnamon, and fruits such as guavas, tejocotes, and oranges. Laap Mx / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: laapmx It also keeps them very joyful, as it is DELICIOUS. Celebrate tradition with a delicious cup of ABUELITA™!