The Best and easiest way to Study Spanish is with a Complete Spanish Immersion Program in a Spanish speaking country. So if you are serious about studying Spanish or learning Spanish, the "Spanish Institute of Merida" is the right place for you to do your Spanish studies. The Spanish Institute of Merida is a highly regarded Spanish Language School, specialized in teaching the Spanish language and its culture through a 3, 4-week Intensive Spanish Course in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Our students learn Spanish from the outset to think and express themselves in Spanish as they participate in our exceptional Award Winning Academic Curriculum and wide variety of extra curriculum activities. Founded in 1984... over 20 years of experience teaching Spanish as second language, the Spanish Institute is the best option for you to study Spanish abroad. Take spanish classes during the morning, and then visit the best places during your Afternoon Spanish conversation classes. Study Spanish with the best professors. We have the best spanish instructors. All our Spanish teachers have college degrees and years of experience teaching Spanish as Second Language. Take Spanish lessons, and learn mexican spanish fast, easily and in a fun way.
Posadas (winter 2016)
Discover a very Mexican tradition
Mexico is a country rich in traditions born from Spanish and Indigenous cultures.
December is a month full of festivities that reflect this unique fusion.
One such tradition is the Posada events, nine days of celebrations beginning on December 16th. Every night children throughout the country gather to reenact Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem. They dress up as Mary, Joseph, the Three Kings and groups of angels and shepherds. They sing traditional Christmas hymns "Villancicos" and carry candles.
They proceed to the first designated house, where they ask for shelter. The group of children is then turned away. They will be refused admittance at the second home as well. At the third home however, they are told that although there is no room for them at the inn, they may stay in the stable.
The doors are thrown open and the children are welcomed in. They all kneel around the family’s manger scene the "Nacimiento". The celebration finishes with the breaking of a Piñata with a stick.
Inside the house there is a celebration which can vary from a very big fancy party to a small get-together among friends. The hosts give the guests food, usually tamales and a hot drink - like ponche or atole. Then there are piñatas and the children are given candy.
On Christmas Eve "Noche Buena" families gather and go to the midnight mass "Misa de Gallo". After mass the baby Jesus is placed in the altar scene and families proceed to celebrate. The have a large meal together and open their presents. On Christmas Day they visit other family members and friends.
December 28, Day of the Holy Innocents. In Mexico it is celebrated similarly to April fool’s Day in the US. It is an occasion for jokes and pranks.
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"This program provides a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a spanish speaking Culture. The professors are excellent and everyone in and around the school is extremely nice. There are PLENTY of opportunities to really improve your spanish at the institute."
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