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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...

The Regata de Globos Ajijic Mexico 2019

The 2019 Globos festival was held in the Ajijic soccer field on September 8th. You can see the black sky behind Access Lake Chapala's angel globo. Every year there is a possibility of rain. This is the rainy season. But this year there were just a few clouds. It was good luck. Not good luck for this angel. It quickly caught on fire. Angel globo It takes a lot of people to launch a globo. If it isn't...

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The Rebozo Parade 2019 at the Ajijic Plaza

The Rebozo Parade (shawl parade) is one of the first events in the week long celebrations of Mexican Independence Day. Independence Day is on September 16th. It marks the beginning of the revolt from the Spanish born ruling class. El Grito (the cry) was read on September 16, 1810 by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. The war ended eleven years later on August 24, 1821. Mexican flags Mexican flag...

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The Verbena Jamaica at Ajijic Plaza 2019

La Verbena del pasado, translated into English, means the Street party/dance/celebration/event of the past. And this event celebrates all the food cooked in the past in Mexico. Food that is cooked the traditional way, over an open fire and served in the traditional red clay dishes. Ajijic plaza This all happens at the Ajijic plaza. It is the beginning of Semana Santa, Easter week, Holy Week. It...

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The Capirotada Fair 2019 at Ajijic Malecon

The fifth annual "Féria de la Capirotada" was held again at the park along the Ajijic malecon, Saturday, April 6th, 2019. It started at three in the afternoon but this year I went an hour early so I could get photos before the crowd arrived. Stand This event also celebrates the beginning of spring. Capirotada, bread pudding, is only made during the Lenten season, especially on Good Friday....

Ceremony

Sixth Sangre Viva Cultural Festival in Ajijic Mexico 2019

The sixth annual Sangre Viva Cultural Festival kicked off on Friday evening, March 29th and ran through Sunday, March 31st. 2019.  It was held at the Ajijic Plaza, inside the Ajijic Cultural Center which is also in the Plaza, and at the Ajijic malecon and nearby the malecon. Cleansing Sangre Viva, according to the online translator, means Blood live. One of the online articles about it...

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Ajijic Mardi Gras Carnaval Parade 2019

This year, the Mardi Gras parade was on March 5th, Tuesday.  It is always on a Tuesday, the day before Lent. Called Fat Tuesday. It is big celebration before a time of fasting, praying and and sober reflection. The Ajijic parade started on Revolution Street, went down Constution to Six Corners and back to the plaza. There were crowds lining the streets all the way. Float Access Lake Chapala Real...

Chili competition

The 41st Ajijic Chili Cook-Off 2019

Once again, the Mexican National Chili Cook-off was held on the Tobolandia waterpark grounds, from February 15, 16, through Sunday the 17th, 2019. This is the 41st annual Chili Cook-Off. In case you don't feel like counting backwards, it started in 1978. Were you here then? I have talked with several people who were here for some of the first ones. They all told me that the Cook-Off was always a...

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17th Maestros del Arte Fair in Chapala 2018

The 17th Annual Feria Maestros del Arte was again held at the yacht club in Chapala. It is a beautiful location on the water. This year it was almost In the water as the lake was the highest it has been in many years. I put a photo of the lake in this article. I went on Sunday. I like to go on the last day because it is usually less crowded that day. It started on Friday, November 9th and lasted through...

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