Gearing Up For Guelaguetza

Monday is the start of the 82nd Guelaguetza (Zapotec meaning “to share”) here in Oaxaca. This festival is probably the most popular in the jam-packed Oaxacan calendar of events and brings thousands of people from all over the state of Oaxaca to celebrate their traditional dances, clothing and foods. In communities such as Teotitlan del … Continue reading Gearing Up For Guelaguetza

Danza de la Pluma

This week sees the week-long annual town party of Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community 30 minutes from Oaxaca. Teotitlan has a very rich and well-preserved history, and this week they celebrate their town and their church in la fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre de Cristo (Precious Blood of Christ – the name of the … Continue reading Danza de la Pluma

Old Men, Wolf-Men & Superman

I knew something was up when a man in a wolf mask, clad in a Mexican flag inspired skirt, white long sleeve shirt and black glove on one hand ran past me, disappearing up the stairs into the town municipal building. Children clustered at the end of the veranda, with the younger children hiding behind … Continue reading Old Men, Wolf-Men & Superman

Fiesta: Día de la Candelaria

Today is the day of another big party! Yay I hear you say, we haven’t had a festival in, oh so long... possibly days! So, today is 40 days after the birth of Jesus. Christmas in Mexico isn't officially over until February 2, el Día de la Candelaria or Candlemas Day, when Niños Dios and … Continue reading Fiesta: Día de la Candelaria

Fiesta: el Cristo Negro de Esquipulas

All last week Oaxaca, fighting a withdrawal from a week without festivals, has been gearing up for el Cristo Negro de Esquipulas (the black Christ of Esquipulas), which culminated last night in a giant 3-story castillo (firework tower), dancing monos and pyrotechnics to beat New Year. This festival has been observed with different activities each … Continue reading Fiesta: el Cristo Negro de Esquipulas