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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 […]

The Verbena Celebration in Ajijic 2017

The Verbena Celebration in Ajijic 2017

The Verbena Celebration was held at the Ajijic Plaza on April 9th, Sunday, the first day of Holy Week, Palm Sunday. Verbena has several meanings. It is a flowering plant that has 250 different species in it. It is a carnival. Also an agricultural show, amusement park and dance party. But I think dance party […]

The Third Annual Feria de la Capirotada Ajijic

The Third Annual Feria de la Capirotada Ajijic

Capirotada (comida de cuaresma) is traditionally served during the Lenten period, especially on Good Friday. The recipe is even recorded as early as the 1640s. Each ingredient symbolizes the Passion of Christ and is a reminder of the suffering of Christ, especially on Good Friday.   There are many different combinations of these ingredients and […]

The Mardi Gras Ajijic Carnaval Parade 2017

The Mardi Gras Ajijic Carnaval Parade 2017

Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French. The first recorded Mardi Gras was in 1699. The first one in the United States was in Mobile, Alabama, started by a Frenchman named Nicolas Langlois, in 1703. The date changes every year in accordance with Easter and the beginning of Lent. This year it was on March […]

The 39th Chili Cook-Off in Ajijic

The 39th Chili Cook-Off in Ajijic

This year the 39th annual Chili Cook-Off was again held at Todolandia Water Part. But it was much further up the hill. I, as usual, arrived too early, walked up that hill and was too tired to walk back down to watch the parade arrive. So all you are getting is a photo of the […]

Constitution Day Parade in Ajijic 2017

Constitution Day Parade in Ajijic 2017

Constitution Day was on February 5th but it was celebrated as a national holiday on Monday, February 6th. Many stores were closed on the 6th but the parade was on Sunday, February 5th. I forgot about the holiday and happened to be walking around town when I saw people waiting along the side of the […]

Ajijic Revolution Day Parade November 20th 2016

Ajijic Revolution Day Parade November 20th 2016

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 […]