History & Origin
The Moravian Star, also known as the Bethlehem Star, originated from Germany and was made popular all over Spain as a recognized symbol throughout the year.
Adopted by Mexico in the 1880s, this star shape is readily seen in early arabesque lamps, is a common symbol in Morvian Church Design and is often used in geometry lessons for children. Typically made of glass and tin the Moravian Star is a traditional adornment during the holiday season.
Making it's first public appearance since 2002, the Moravian Star showcased at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is the largest decorative Moravian Star Piñata in the world. Weighing in at approximately 85 lbs and 7 feet in diameter, this piece originally debuted at the 2002 tournament of roses parade where it won the Governor's Trophy for float design. Customized by the talented artists curated by Lore Productions, the piñata features custom hand cuts, faux finishes rich fabrics and delicate ribbons to bring forth its original beauty. Enjoy this illuminated piece of art throughout the holiday season.
Spanish Christmas Traditions
Traditional Catholic celebrations such as Christmas (December 25) and Epiphany (January 6) has been celebrated in Spain for centuries. Spanish and European holiday traditions, practices and beliefs were brought to the New World by the Spanish conquistadors. As the two cultures collided, new practices and traditions were born out of the mix of indigenous and European beliefs and practices, many of which have become an integral part of American Christmas culture, particularly in the Southwestern United States.
- Luminarias: A key symbol that appears distinctly during the season throughout the streets of Spain starting on December 8th called Immaculada, or the east of the Immaculate Conception. This marks the start of the Christmas season in Spain.
- Posadas: These community celebrations take place on each of the nine nights leading up to Christmas, from December 16 to 24. The word posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish, and in this tradition, Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for a place to stay is re-enacted.
- Dia De Los Reyes Magos: Day of the Kings which spans 12 days from Christmas Day and then finally cumulates on January 5th is when children are given the majority of their gifts by Papa Noel, or Santa Claus, and the kings. The evening before, children leave their shoes by the door, along with some straw and water for the king’s camels to eat.
Turrón - With it’s Moorish origin, turrón has been popular for centuries. They can be found in every market in Spain leading up to Christmas time. There are several versions that are served in small cut squares called Jijona (Xixona) or Alicante (turron duro) which is thick brittle made of honey, sugar and almonds.
- Polvorones - Hailing from Andalusia, for centuries polvorones “powdery cakes,” are essentially, shortbread cookies. Traditionally made with nuts in a variety of flavors including vanilla, cinnamon, lemon, chocolate.
- Mantecados- Similar to polvorones, these are popular in Andalusia, Antequera and Estepa. Traditionally they are flavored with cinnamon and aniseed and are wrapped in brightly colored cellophane and presented in beautiful boxes.