Celebrate La Noche Latina in North London

16 Dec

For those who are a bit bored of the same old Christmas songs, the same decorations and predictable festive treats, the London-based charity Latin American House are throwing a Christmas event which is more about tequila than tinsel.

Children enjoy sweets from a pinata during a posada

Tonight La Noche Latina will celebrate Christmas the Mexican way with everything from piñatas to posadas.

For those who are not yet initiated in Mexican culture:

Piñatas are those brightly coloured papier-mâché objects with sweets and treats inside that are a must at every Mexican child’s birthday party. They are usually suspended in the air and only those who whack them hard enough are rewarded with the sugary contents.

Posadas are processions that recreate Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. In Mexico they are held on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from December 16th to 24th. Sometimes the procession is candlelit with people carrying religious images and individuals are selected to play the parts of Mary and Joseph.

Don’t turn down a glass of ponche, a traditional Mexican punch which promises to warm you up on the most chilly of nights combining shots of brandy, rum and tequila.

The event will be hosted by Latin American House with Mestizo, a local restaurant and tequila bar and Flavours of Mexico, a non-profit company aiming to develop the interest in Mexican food in the UK.

Cxus Santacara, General Coordinator at Latin American House, said: “This night is all about Christmas traditions in Mexico. We haven’t done a Christmas event since the Colombian Day of Light two years ago and we’re really excited about this night. This is our last cultural event this year. We want as many people to attend as possible and in this venue I reckon we could fit hundreds.”

“Our events usually attract a mix of English people who are interested in Latin American culture and Latin Americans in London. This event should get people coming from Brent, Camden and Barnet and we might get quite a few Brazilians coming as there is a big community there. We hope that some of the funds raised will go back to our culture projects as well as being shared with the other organisations hosting this event.”

There will be dance performances and Latin American art for sale as well as a solo performance from Argentine singer Corina Piatti, an honorary Mexican for the evening.

La Noche Latina will run tonight from 6pm to 10pm at The Gallery, Willesden Green.

Image: Echopath

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