Pastor Patricia Ferris tells the story when she was in Mexico with her husband on New Year’s Eve they found themselves in the middle of something they didn’t understand. It was in the evening, not yet midnight, and the central square was full of people, lights, children, old people, and families. What was interesting was there were tables full of old clay plates. People were buying the plates and then standing back and throwing them full force against one wall of the great Cathedral in the community square, smashing the plates to smithereens.
According to Mrs. Ferris it was loud, raucous and exciting. Only later did she learn the tradition grew out of a deep human need to throw out the old, to start the new year free of old resentments, old fears, old prejudices, and old sins. “Throw them out.” Let them smash against the strong fortress…
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