International Workers Day – Oaxaca style

I knew something was up when I was woken by several large trucks idling at the kerb outside my door at 5.30am Friday morning. The marching band (trumpets, drums, saxophone) coming down the street several hours later confirmed it. Walking to work I turned the corner to find the street full of people parading down … Continue reading International Workers Day – Oaxaca style

Procession of Silence

Last night, being Good Friday, the main pedestrian street was lined with people for an annual tradition known as the Procesión del Silencio or the Procession of Silence. Now in its 28th year, the parade winds its way through the downtown streets of Oaxaca de Juarez, watched by thousands of people who line the route. … Continue reading Procession of Silence

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