People are very relaxed in Puebla and everything runs on Puebla time. So relax enjoy the culture.
This is especially true when it comes to dinning. They will never rush you and they don't expect you to be in a hurry either. So if time is a concern please let them know and ask for your Cheque as soon as you get your meal and pay it.
"La Posadas," the remarkable buildup to Christmas Eve, is perhaps the most delightful and unique Mexican tradition. Beginning December 16th, it commemorates the events in the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
After dark, each night of the "Posada," a procession begins led by two children. The children carry a small pine-decorated platform bearing replicas of Joseph and Mary riding a burro. They go house to house asking for loging for Mary.
Now it's time of the "Pinata," refreshments and dancing. The "Pinata" is a pottery (or paper) container, brightly decorated and filled with candy and toys. It is hung from he ceiling or a tree. One by one, the children are blindfolded, turned around and instructed to strike the Pinata with a stick. Usually several attempts are made before the container is broken. Of course, when that happens, there is an explosion of goodies and a scattering of children.
On Christmas Eve another verse is added to the Ave Marias, telling the Virgin Mary that the desired night has come.
At midnight the birth of Christ is announced with fireworks, ringing bells and blowing whistles. Devout worshipers surge into churches to attend the famous "Misa de Gallo" or "Mass of the Rooster." Following Mass, families return home for a tremendous dinner of traditional Mexican foods. The dishes vary with the different regions. However, somewhat common are the ,"tamales," rice, rellenos, "atole" (a sweet traditional drink) and "menudo," which is said to be more sobering than strong coffee.
Christmas Day has no special celebration though many have adopted the American style Christmas with a Christmas tree and Santa Claus.
El Mes Patrio
September is the most important month for Mexican history. Las Fiestas Patrias, or Homeland Celebrations, include La Noche del Grito, Mexican Independence Day, and el Día de Los Ninos Héroes de Chapultepec. All are celebrated in mid September making it an important month for Mexican National heritage. Find out how Las Fiestas Patrias originated, or read about the activities that surround this festive day.
Similar to other Mexican celebrations, people take time to enjoy the day and gather with friends and family. Here are a few of the activities that take place during Fiestas Patrias. Bands play live marachi music in parks and plazas. Artists create and sell their crafts to people who are strolling through the streets. Dancers and actors put on elaborate theater performances for large audiences. People gather and share large, home-cooked meals. Large quantities of beer and tequila are shared among friends and family. Communities and homes are decorated with Mexican flags and red, green and white ribbons. On September 16, there are elaborate fireworks displays throughout Mexico. Friends and families dance together, yelling, "¡Viva Mexico!"