A Centuries-Old Christmas Tradition Lives On In New Mexico

Nov 25, 2016

Among the Spanish traditions brought north from Mexico along the Camino Real was Las Pastorelas, musical plays of the Nativity.  Told from the shepherds' point of view, the plays have been performed in the New Mexico Territory since the 17th Century.  One popular version, La Gran Pastorela, continues to tour local communities during the holidays.

Socorro teacher Sheri Armijo has helped organize the Spanish-language production for the past nine years.  She describes La Gran Pastorela as "living history," a "work of art from the Golden Age of Spain that has been preserved over time."

All performances are free to the public.  Click here for a schedule.