Traditions

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 an exciting time of the year. Unfortunately, I was sick. And I only made it to the Thrill the World dance....

Zombie Thriller Dance Ajijic 2017

The Day of the Dead season often starts out with the Thrill the World Dance. It was held this year on Saturday the 28th of October at four p.m. In the Ajijic Plaza. Anyone can become part of the dance. All you have to do is watch for the signs that show up a few weeks before the dance of the registration, times and days of the rehearsals. Cortlandt Jones You may be wondering why this handsome...

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 are several others. Plus, many of the restaurants create their own celebrations and...

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 courting going on. Dancing Couple I am going to write as much as I can remember or read of my own notes, the stories that...

The Globos Balloon Regata Festival in Ajijic 2017

After a few months of the rainy season, the Globos Festival kicks off many holidays and hopefully, less rain. Bring on the sunshine! I am ready. And this was one of the prettiest days of the Globos I have ever experienced. There were no signs of rain. Just fluffy white clouds. It was perfect for sending up the fantastic paper mache creations. The first two photos are of the ones belonging to...

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 is the most appropriate meaning at this celebration. I didn't stay for the dancing, which was after...

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 additions to the recipe. But here are the symbols....

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 28th. The next day, Wednesday, is called Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. Lent lasts until...

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 funny looking fish at the entrance of the park that I took on my way up the hill.  To me, it looks like a whimsical representation...

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 street to see the parade. So I waited for it too. I have gone to several Constitution Day parades and this was...

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