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The Ajijic Carnaval Mardi Gras Parade 2020

The Mardi Gras parade is always on Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and the forty days of Lent. It is sometimes called Fat Tuesday. Also called Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras comes from the Latin words carne and vale. Carne is meat and vale means farewell. So it is a celebration to fatten up, eat meat, party and let it all hang out before the forty days of Lent. Access Lake Chapala Float This is the...

Food booth

42nd Chili Cook-off in Ajijic Lake Chapala 2020

The 42nd annual Chili Cook-Off was once again held in Ajijic at Tobolandia water park, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 7th, 8th and 9th. The weather was sunny and beautiful all three days. Ballet Folkloric There were raffle drawings every hour and  entertainers were  performing continuously on the main stage for all three days. There were dancers, singers, and music groups. The dancers...

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The Feria Maestros del Arte in Chapala 2019

The Féria Maestros del Arte was held again at the Chapala Yacht Club on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 8th, 9th and 10th, 2019. This was their eighteenth year of the fair. Once a year artisans come into the area from all over Mexico. They stay with local families or individuals. This is a wonderful opportunity for cross-cultural bonds to be created between artisans and hosts. Seller It is a...

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Day of the Dead at The Ajijic Plaza 2019

The Day of the Dead is November 2nd. But there are many events before that date, including the Thriller Dance, parades, music, races and games. But the 2nd is the biggest event. I celebrated it at the Ajijic Plaza. It lasted for many hours. Here are just a few photos from it. Face painting Different booths were set up to paint faces of the crowd. I arrived around three in the afternoon and there...

Waiting for candy

Trick or Treat Halloween in Ajijic 2019

The Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead, celebrations started a week earlier in Ajijic with the Thriller Dance.  These events are not just one day but many days. Each town has it's own celebrations. Besides the Thriller Dance, Ajijic has an outdoor movie showing on the malecon, cemetery tours, parades, memorial altars, life size catrinas, town dance, lighting of skulls near the plaza, live entertainment and...

Zombie Thriller Dance, Ajijic Malecon 2019

Another Thrill the World Dance took place last weekend. On October 26th, 2019. This year, like last year, it was held on the Ajijic malecon. In the beginning, it was held on the Ajijic plaza but there wasn't enough space. Now, the performers first go to the cultural center on the plaza for makeup. This takes an entire afternoon. After everyone has been transformed into zombies, they walk to the basketball...

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Independence Day in San Antonio Tlayacapan

San Antonio Tlayacapan is a small town with a population around five thousand people. It is located between Chapala and Ajijic and has been established since the mid fifteen hundreds as an agricultural community. Their Independence celebration took place one week after Ajijic's. Drummers Their parade took place on Sunday morning, September 22nd.  The night before the parade, there was music in the...

The parade

Mexican Independence Day Parade in Ajijic 2019

The final day of the festivities was on Independence Day, Monday, September the 16th at ten in the morning. That means exactly ten in the morning. One year I arrived a few minutes late and it was already two blocks down the road. This parade always starts on time. I wonder if it has anything to do with all the teachers involved. Mother and child The parade is mostly made up of children marching with...

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The Combate de Flores (Flower Fight) Ajijic 2019

The final event of the week long Independence Day celebrations was the Combate de Flores (flower war). It was held in the Ajijic plaza at six in the evening on September the 16th, Independence Day. Princess visiting War of the flowers couldn't have been further from it's name. It was a peaceful, low key gathering, especially appreciated after the previous sometimes overwhelming events. Maybe because...

Sack race

Traditional Children’s Games in the Ajijic Plaza 2019

The Independence Day (Fiestas Patrias) celebrations went on for over a week. Starting September 7th with the coronation of the queen and ending September 16th, Independence Day, with the parade. I only made it to a few of them. I missed the flag raising ceremony at six in the morning, the coronation of the queen, the ballet folkloric, the reading of El Grito proclamation at eleven thirty at night, the...

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