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A pi–ata is broken during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration traditional to Mexican culture on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph.

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Dania Maxwell/Staff A pi–ata is broken during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration traditional to Mexican culture on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph.

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Aday Porras, dressed as Mary, sits on top of a mule during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration ending on Christmas eve and traditional to Mexican culture on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Richard Carrera, dressed as Saint Joseph, stands left and Javier Trevino stands right. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. Porras and many others have arrived to the Baez's home where Mary and Saint Joseph will ask the owners to come inside. They will then gather around the Nativity scene to pray.
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Many gather around a Nativity scene during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. A procession  walks through the streets, singing traditional songs, and end at a different home every night.
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People walk through the streets of Golden Gate, holding candles and singing songs during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration ending on Christmas eve and traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph.
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Lucea Herrea holds onto a rosary and candle during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. Each night, the procession ends at a different home where Mary, Joseph and others, gather around the Nativity scene to pray.
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Aday Porras, dressed as Mary, sits on top of a mule during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration ending on Christmas eve and traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. Porras and many others have arrived to the Baez's home where Mary and Saint Joseph will ask the owners to come inside. They will then gather around the Nativity scene to pray.
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Aday Porras, dressed as Mary, sits on top of a mule with Richard Carrera, dressed as Saint Joseph, stands left, during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration traditional to Mexican culture on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. Porras and many others have arrived to the Baez's home where Mary and Saint Joseph will ask the owners to come inside. They will then gather around the Nativity scene to pray.
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People walk through the streets of Golden Gate, holding candles and singing songs during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration ending on Christmas eve and traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. Each night, the procession ends at a different home where Mary, Joseph and others, gather around the Nativity scene to pray.
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Melissa Resendiz, 7, front center, stands with others before the start of a procession during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration ending on Christmas eve and traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. The procession will walk through the streets singing traditional songs and end at a home where Mary, Joseph and others, gather around the Nativity scene to pray.
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People walk through the streets of Golden Gate, holding candles and singing songs during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. Each night, the procession ends at a different home where Mary, Joseph and others, gather around the Nativity scene to pray.
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Carmen Vazquez leads a crowd in a prayer with Carmen Escobar lighting the words during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph. A procession  walks through the streets, singing traditional songs, and end at a home where Mary, Joseph and others, gather around the Nativity scene to pray.
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Jane Trevino, center, lights a candle for her daughter Diana, right, with another daughter Ida, left, standing nearby Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration ending on Christmas eve and traditional to Mexican culture on Monday, December 17, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph.
  • Dania Maxwell/Staff
A pi–ata is broken during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration traditional to Mexican culture on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph.
  • Dania Maxwell/Staff
A group of people perform a dance for the Virgin Mary during Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration traditional to Mexican culture on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Golden Gate, Fla. Las Posadas, translating to 'The Inns', re-enacts the search for shelter by Mary and Saint Joseph.

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