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Posadas(pōsä`thäs), city (1991 pop. 211,297), capital of Misiones prov., NE Argentina, a port on the upper Paraná River. Its industries include woodworking and metallurgy. It is a point of departure for visits to Iguaçu Falls and to the nearby ruins of 17th-century Jesuit missions. The city was settled in 1849.
a city in northeastern Argentina and capital of Misiones Province. Population, 104,100 (1970). Posadas is a port on the Paraná River and has a railroad station. Industries include food-processing, tobacco, woodworking, and logging. Posadas is the trade center for the surrounding agricultural region, which grows Paraguay tea, tobacco, and tung trees.
The Misa de Gallo, or Mass of the Cock (so-called because it's held so early in the day), ends after midnight, and then there are fireworks and, in some towns, a special parade with floats and tableaux vivants representing biblical scenes.
In small Mexican villages, there is often a procession led by two children bearing images of Joseph and Mary riding a burro. The adult members of the group carry lighted tapers and sing the Litany of the Virgin as they approach each house. There is also a famous Posadas celebration on Olvera Street in Los Angeles.
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