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 church in the community). It is a week of pretty much non-stop celebrating and accompanying the festivities is of course food: all types of delicious tamales, enchiladas, moles, dulces, and helado on offer. Read more
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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 older ones. Legend has it these wolf men are part coyote tricksters, part pied piper and sometimes they led the children away with them, never to return. Read more
The Mexican Christmas tradition of las posadas re-enacts the bible story of Mary and Joseph searching for lodging for the night in Bethlehem. From December 16th in neighbourhoods across Oaxaca and Mexico, a nightly procession is held re-enacting this search on each of the 9 days leading up to Christmas Eve.
Last night was the first night of las posadas and I headed down to the church of Santo del Carmen Read more