El Centro Chicano
USC Student Affairs

La Posada: Celebrating Latin-American Holiday Traditions & Giving Back

La PosadaSince December 1999, El Centro Chicano has hosted “La Posada” in collaboration with the Latina/o Student Assembly and LPA.  La Posada is one of the many Latin American holiday traditions in which participants symbolically retrace the steps of the Virgin Mary and Joseph on the night that baby Jesus was born.  In candlelight procession, a couple dressed as Mary and Joseph lead followers across the campus to three stops and ending in a celebratory meal.  USC students, faculty and staff members are invited to participate in La Posada along with families and local community members.  Although tradition calls for La Posada to begin on December 17th, USC celebrates it the first Friday in December, in order to allow students proper study time before finals. 


La Posada