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Photos by Eddie Ruvalcaba

Just days before Christmas, many in Boyle Heights are keeping cultural traditions alive by partaking in Las Posadas.

Businesses on First Street wrapped up their nine-day “Posadas de la Primera” celebration Monday with pilgrimage walks and songs, piñatas, food, and mariachi entertainment.

Participating businesses included Un Solo Sol Kitchen, Yeyas, El Sol, La First Street Taqueria, J&F Ice Cream Shop, La Casa del Mariachi, Super Tortas Luisito and Mariachi Los Dorados de Villa.

Las Posadas is a reenactment of the biblical account of Jesus Christ’s birth. The story tells of how Mary and Joseph walked from house to house looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem until they arrive at a farm where they took refuge the same night Jesus was born. For hundreds of years, people have paid tribute to these events by organizing a nine-day procession that takes place from December 16 to the 24 and is mostly practiced in Mexico and other parts of Latin America.

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