Traditional Las Posadas! Celebrate with friends and neighbors

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posadas-don-chenteStarting a new tradition for Long Beach, Tacos Don Chente owners, Javier and Dorian Villaseñor, are hosting the 1st Annual Holiday Las Posadas on Wednesday, December 16, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In addition to the traditional Las Posadas ceremony with participation from Holy Innocents Catholic Church, the holiday event features live music, great food, and a celebration opportunity for the whole family — including the traditional piñata.

Las Posadas is a celebration of the Nativity that brings together family and neighbors for a holiday celebration.

Traditionally, Las Posadas enacts the futile efforts of Joseph and Mary looking for lodging when they reached Bethlehem for the census. Neighborhood children and adults portray the couple and sing a simple chant as they go to three houses representing the inns. Turned away at the first two homes, they are welcomed in at the third house and a ceremony of prayer and singing is held. A party with a piñata and special food and drink follows. Los Angeles-based band, Sonsoles, will provide their signature Latin/Pop/Rock music live from the street.

Tacos Don Chente is located at Pacific Coast Highway and Pine Avenue. A portion of Pine Avenue will be closed for the Las Posadas celebration in Long Beach. In addition to the restaurant spaces, parking is available in the vacant lot across from the restaurant.

Tacos Don Chente opened in October 2006 and serves authentic Mexican food. The restaurant is located at 101 West Pacific Coast Highway. For more information about Las Posadas, call (562)218-0500.

Sponsors of this first annual event include 6th Council District Office of Dee Andrews, 1st Council District Office of Robert Garcia, Leadership Long Beach Connected Corridor, and Tesoro Refinery. 20% of proceeds from all food sales will be donated to the Arts Council for Long Beach.

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