Las Posadas

Vilma Ramirez, left, reads from the Bible during
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Vilma Ramirez, left, reads from the Bible during a posada celebration at a home in Patchogue. Las Posadas is a Latin American celebration, which takes place during the nine days leading up to Christmas. Pictured right is the Rev. Martin Curtin from St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in East Patchogue. (Dec. 17, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

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"Las Posadas," a re-enactment of Joseph and Mary searching for shelter in Bethlehem popular in Latin America and in Latino communities in the U.S., is attracting a growing number of non-Latinos and their churches on Long Island.

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