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Children looked as Aztec dancers performed East Aurora's annual Las Posadas event. Kalyn Belsha~Sun-Times

Children looked on as Aztec dancers performed at East Aurora's annual Las Posadas event. Kalyn Belsha~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 11, 2014 6:13AM

There were plenty of sweets and songs, and Santa Claus as well, at the annual Las Posadas event held Saturday at East Aurora High School.

With hundreds in attendance, the four-hour event included holiday musical performances from students, games, crafts and food.

Las Posadas is a long-time tradition in East Aurora and has drawn up to 3,000 attendees in past years. It is not a religious event, but has its roots in a traditional nine-day celebration held in Mexico and throughout Latin America.

“Posada” means “inn” in Spanish and refers to the biblical story of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging at an inn before the birth of Christ.

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