Traditions

Parade in Ajijic on Mexican Independence Day September 16th

The Mexican Independence Day celebrations actually start on the night of Sept. 15th.  Every plaza in Mexico has  a reading of El Grito de Delores, just before midnight. That is the proclamation that Father Miguel Hidalgo, a Catholic Priest, read in the small town of Dolores in Guanajuto, MX. on Sept. 15th, 1810. This proclamation started the uprising that became a war against Spain. It lasted for eleven...

The 2012 Regatta de Globos in Ajijic

Every year there is the Regatta de Globos, hot air balloons. It is held in the main soccer field on Revolution street in Ajijic. It is one of the most popular events of the year in Lake Chapala and is always held on the Saturday before Independence day (Sept. 16.).  The Globos are made weeks in advance by various groups of volunteers. Some of them are sponsored by local churches. Some are sponsored by...

Sunday Art, Craft and Food Shows on the Ajijic Plaza

Sundays on the Ajijic Plaza are always fun. Many times there are various art and craft shows and events on the plaza. It is a great place to meet up with friends. There is always music, entertainment and lots of fun to be had. Canadian Couple Enjoying Ice Cream on the Ajijic Plaza The Ajijic Society of Arts and Crafts had a show this past Sunday. I love to see all the beautiful things and paintings...

November 2nd: The Day of the Dead Celebrations in Ajijic

The Day of the Dead is one of the biggest holidays in Mexico, especially in Ajijic and Chapala. It lasts for several days with lots of firecrackers going off day and night, parties, food, parades, and decorations. It is a time when Mexican families get together and communicate with their deceased loved ones. The cemeteries are cleaned up. Each family takes on the responsibility of sweeping and cleaning the...

Mexican Independence Day in Ajijic, September 16th

September 16th, Mexican Independence Day is one of the biggest holidays of the year here. The festivities started a few days before the 16th.  There was so much going on that it was impossible to see it all. Little Girl with Confetti in Her Hair There were festivities at the plaza, parades, and celebrations in the local restaurants, horse events, the shawl parade, private parties and many more...

Regatta de Globos (Hot Air Balloons) in Ajijic

The hot air balloon race is always held on the Saturday before Independence Day, which is September 16th.   It is held at the soccer field on Calle Revolucion. It is half a block down from El Torito grocery store and the movie theater in Ajijic. This event is the beginning of the Fiesta Season that lasts until after Easter. Life is very exciting at the Lakeside area during this time of the year....

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