Join in celebrating this family-friendly indoor festival from 15 p.m.


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Nativity III by artist Flor Larios Art


The Museum of South Texas History invites the community to celebrate the family-friendly holiday tradition and 4th Annual La Pastorela (A Shepherds’ Play) from 1–5 p.m. on Dec. 14, as part of the fee for regular museum admission. This indoor festival will include vendors selling holiday crafts, foods and beverages. Family members and friends will be able to capture the moment in the holiday photo booth. Highlighting the afternoon’s festivities and showing at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. will be the play, La Pastorela, a fun and interactive performance by Edinburg folkloric dance group Conceptos Entidad Dancística that teaches the story of the shepherds seeking the Christ child.

For many Rio Grande Valley (Valley) residents, celebrating the holidays means keeping cultural traditions alive. Family and friends gather together to prepare for this important time of year as the distinct, sweet aroma of Mexican hot chocolate with canela, or cinnamon, reminds us that it is indeed time for Christmas. Steeped in cultural history that sets the stage for the holidays, pastorelas, or shepherds’ plays, are performed throughout the holiday season by both amateur and professional actors. The play incorporates audience participation and is often a witty, theatrical presentation that dates back to Mexico’s Colonial period when Roman Catholic missionaries attempted to convert and teach the scripture through the dramatization of stories from the Bible.

In South Texas, pastorelas were traditionally performed in ranch pastures and in rural communities. Rio Grande City maintained the tradition for about 100 years. Now in its fourth year at MOSTHistory, the tale of shepherds joyfully following the star of Bethlehem to the birthplace of Christ, with temptations along the way, continues to be a Valley holiday tradition. Spend a fun-filled afternoon of holiday entertainment as MOSTHistory preserves and presents La Pastorela, a tradition reborn.

Admission to La Pastorela 2014 is the regular admission price, passes excluded: $7 adults (ages 18+); $5 seniors with ID (ages 62+), students with ID (ages 13+); $4 children ages 4 to 12; free, children ages 3 and under. FRIENDS of the museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship. The museum is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. For more information about MOSTHistory’s La Pastorela, including becoming a FRIEND, click here or call +1-956-383-6911 and experience La Pastorela, A Tradition Reborn.

Lisa K. Loebl
Marketing & Public Relations Officer