The Mexican Revolution started on November 20th 1910 and lasted for ten years. When the Mexican Constitution was enacted in 1917, that was close to the end of armed conflict. Porfirio Diaz had been president of Mexico for 35 years and he had a stranglehold on the country. He was ousted from power and exiled in France in 1911.
The children loved being in the parade. Many schools were represented and also soccer teams. I like the above photo because the young people seem so happy together. They were not afraid of expressing affection towards each other. (more…)
The 15th Annual Feria Maestros del Arte was held at the Chapala Yacht Club on November 11th through the 13th. Friday and Saturday it was from ten a.m. To five p.m. Sunday it was from ten a.m. To four p.m. The entrance fee was only 50 pesos and the money goes to the next year’s exhibition. The purpose of this event is to keep the indigenous and folk art alive in Mexico.
The modern world makes it more difficult every day for the hard working artists to compete with knockoffs quickly made for mass consumption and imported from other Countries. Once you see these beautiful works of art, you will never again be fooled or satisfied with the knockoffs. (more…)
The Day of the Dead would more honesty be named The Days of the Dead because it goes on for several days, maybe weeks if you count all the fireworks that go off day and night for a week before and a week after this holiday. It is one of the biggest holidays of the year and if you ever get a chance to visit Mexico, don’t miss it. Children go out trick or treating on the 31st of October. November 1st is the day for altars of the children who have died and November 2nd is the day for altars of adults who have died. And there are the nights where people party at the graves of their loved ones.
I like to visit Chapala when the high school kids are putting up altars for the dead. I talked with one of the mothers and she said that they take it very seriously. Death is a long way off for most of these kids but I did see some of them having fun with it. Dressed in costumes and dancing with each other. Thumbing their noses at DEATH.
Michael Jackson’s Thrill the World Dance was created by Ines Makeljevic. She was the creator/founder and Director of the event that was started in 2006 in Toronto, Canada. Now it is in six continents. Anyone can join the dance. This year they started practicing on September 10th, from one to three in the afternoon at the Club Exotica, above El Jardín in the Ajijic Plaza.
If you can’t make it to the rehearsals, you can learn the steps from the web site, firstname.lastname@example.org The photo above is the only one that Ramon managed to take because there was such a large crowd in front of the performance area. (more…)
Mexican Independence celebrations start with the Globos. This year the Globos went up on Sept 10th. After that, every day was another event. I didn’t have enough energy to see all of them. But I enjoyed what I managed to see.
Mexican Independence Day is a celebration of Mexico’s independence from Spain which started with Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla reading el Grito on Sept 16th, 1810. It was a proclamation of independence from Spain and it is read at the same time, ten pm from the plazas of every town in Mexico on Sept 15th. Sept. 16th was the beginning of the war with Spain. It ended in 1821. (more…)
The Globo Regatta was held on a Saturday, Sept. 10th. It is not only the lift off of the beautiful globos but also the lift off of the Independence Day celebrations that last all week. Something interesting is happening day and night until the day after Sept. 16th. Below is the photo of the globo that AccessLakeChapala sponsored with the “Si Lupita” team. It was successful and flew high into the sky.
The online calendar had the starting time of the globos at three in the afternoon. I knew from several years of watching them that they did not get started until two or three hours later. This time I did not go at three and sit in the bleachers for several hours, waiting and waiting. I went later and timed it perfectly. (more…)
The photo below is of the main pyramid in the Guachimontones site. This site is located in the town of Teuchitlan. It makes a nice day trip from Ajijic, approximately two hours with stops along the way. I went with a friend on Charter Tours. I have nothing but good things to say about them. I will put more information about them at the end of this article. But they take tours to the site once a week on Thursdays. They have been running trips to this site since the beginning of their tour company in 1993. So they have a wealth of knowledge about the area.
I am going to backtrack now to the trip along the way because we did one of my favorite things, which is to visit a farm for a Pajarete. Pajarete means little bird but it also is the name of a morning gathering where the cows are milked. If you want to know more about a Pajarete, I have written an article about it on this site. (more…)
Today is June 19th, 2016, Father’s Day. I decided to go out this morning in search of a celebration honoring fathers. I thought it would be easy because I remember how exciting Mother’s Day was in Ajijic. But it wasn’t. There were no special celebrations in the plaza for fathers. No banners. No activities. Just one small flower stand.
I know there is a special fathers golf tournament at the golf course but that isn’t what I had in mind. I was looking for a local festival with lots of fathers and sons and daughters. I am glad I decided to make most of this article about fathers throughout the year, not just for today. That stand wasn’t doing a booming business. It was located in the plaza. So I went on, looking for fathers. (more…)
Palm Sunday this year was on the 20th of March. It will be an early Easter. There were many things going on at the Ajijic Plaza on that afternoon and evening. A Verbena Event, which is a food event where all the food is traditional Mexican food prepared without electricity or any synthetic materials, served on baro plates. These plates are made out of red clay. And then later on in the evening there was the procession of Jesus coming into town riding on a donkey.
Some of the food: Tacos, Sopes, Enchiladas, Pozole, Tamales, Fruit water, rice pudding, and many other delicious dishes. The man in the photo below is showing me his meal. Also, I wanted to get a photo of the woman standing behind him with the beautiful Palm icons and flowers. (more…)
This was the 38th annual Chili C00k-off. It was held in the Tobolandia water park in Ajijic on February 26, 27, and 28th, 2016. It is the biggest fund raising event of the year for all the charities in the area. If you would like to be part of next year’s event, please go to their website: www.mexicanchilicookoff.com. Also, if you would like more detailed information about the event, you will find it there.
The first Stand first stand was a real treat, both to the eyes and the stomach. Check out all the food and drinks set out on the table for visitors. Plus the woman with the beautiful smile, was handing out cloth bags to everyone. This was all provided by eSun energy. Thank you eSun…. I was thirsty and I loved the cookies. (more…)
The Fat Tuesday parade, otherwise knows as the Mardi Gras parade, always starts with the running of the boys. What are they running from? The people behind them throwing flour at them. By the time the parade is over, the entire town is engulfed in flour. For ten days before the Fat Tuesday parade, there are smaller parades in town. Just about anytime you walk into town during these ten days, you are likely to run into a parade and a face full of flour. Great fun.
The photo below is of the next group, carrying flour in all kinds of containers. Some of these people are men dressed like women. Some are women dressed like men, some, well I have no idea who or what they are dressed like and I didn’t want to get close enough to take their photographs because I didn’t want my camera or myself to get floured. (more…)
There are thousands of reasons to take a vacation and even more than that when deciding on places to go. Well on a recent trip I think I discovered a small piece of heaven. It’s called Ajijic, Mexico. A small city of 15,000 people, about 45 minutes by car from the airport in Guadalajara, and about 3 blocks from Lake Chapala. We decided to stay for the week at Casa del Sol, a very lovely bed and breakfast some 10 minutes walk from the center square in town. After taking the first day to rest from the flight and getting our bearings we ventured out and made our first friends a couple of streets over from our B&B.
For sure it was a sign of the relaxing trip we were hoping for. It takes a little getting used to the cobble stone streets, especially when it rains, but its just another feel of the culture and history of this historic Mexican area. Many of the shops feature the homemade styles of the area for every buying whim from pottery to blankets and so much more. (more…)