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Verbena Jamaica at the Ajijic Plaza 2018

Verbena Jamaica at the Ajijic Plaza 2018

Palm Sunday was on March 25th this year. I went to the same celebration last year and wrote about it then. But every year it is a bit different. It is also called Verbena Sunday. Verbena means a dance/celebration, or agricultural event. It is actually a fund raising event to pay for the Passion Play. […]

Carnaval Fat Tuesday Parade in Ajijic 2018

Carnaval Fat Tuesday Parade in Ajijic 2018

The Fat Tuesday parade is the biggest parade here.  Also known as the Mardi Gras parade, famous throughout the world as an occasion for wild abandon. In New Orleans, they throw beads. Here, they throw flour. Flour is much less expensive than beaded necklaces and far more fun. Meaning that flour is a real mess. […]

The Ajijic Sangre Viva Festival 2018

The Ajijic Sangre Viva Festival 2018

The Sangre Viva Festival was held in the Ajijic Plaza and some things also took place on the Ajijic malecon from Friday, January 26, 2018 through Sunday, January 28th, 2018.  Sangre Viva, literally means Blood Live. Interesting name for a festival. It was created to celebrate the PreHispanic culture. Does it mean that the blood […]

Ajijic 2017 Revolution Day Parade

Ajijic 2017 Revolution Day Parade

Revolution Day is always the third Monday of November. This year it happened on November 20th which is the day it began on November 20th in 1910. It was a revolt against president Porfirio Diaz. He was president for thirty five years from 1876 through 1911. He had a stranglehold over the country, taking everything […]

Trick or Treaters 2017 Ajijic Halloween

Trick or Treaters 2017 Ajijic Halloween

The Day of the Dead is actually many days with exciting things happening every day. Starting with the Thriller Dance which I wrote about in the previous article. But then there was a zombie parade, and altars for the dead loved ones are set up around town. Wreaths are sold all over town. It is […]

Rebozo Parade in the Ajijic Plaza 2017

Rebozo Parade in the Ajijic Plaza 2017

The Rebozo (Shawl) parade was the last of the Independence Day Celebrations. The Globos are at the beginning of the holiday, on the Saturday before the 16th of September Independence Day Parade. And the Bebozo Parade is always after the big parade. It is on the 17 of September. In between these two celebrations there […]

Combate de Flores in the Ajijic Plaza 2017

Combate de Flores in the Ajijic Plaza 2017

Combate de Flores, translated, it means flower fight. But actually it is the story of romance. The romance of the way Ajijic was in the past and how it is now. It is also about how the young people used to court each other. And as you may see in the photos below, some current […]

The Oaxaca Festival in Chapala

The Oaxaca Festival in Chapala

There are not many festivals in this area during the rainy season so I was excited to see the flyer about a festival in Chapala. The Oaxaca Festival. Running from July 27th through August 8th. It looked like a lot of activities were happening and Sunday was their biggest day. I took the bus to […]