A few videos and a slideshow of the 2012 Festival of San Miguel
Danza al Pie de La Bufa de Zacatecas
Raza de Bronce Los Olmecas de Aguascalientes
The Saturday Horse procession, Xuchiles, and big parade
The festival of San Miguel begins in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow so I thought I would publish the schedule of events which varies little from year to year. Along with it, slideshows of years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
2007 Festival Slideshow:
3 am: Meeting of the dnacers & Mojigangas, corner of San Francisco/Nunez & procession to Jardin
4 am: Alborada – fireworks in the Jardin
7 am: Mananitas – happy birthday to San Miguel at the Parroquia
8-11am: Dancers in the Jardin & Plaza Civica
11 am: Mass to honor San Miguel Arcangel, Parroquia
12 noon - horseback riders from the ranchers parade from the train station to the Parroquia.
1pm: Voladores of Papantal in the Jardin
2pm: Blowing up the paper mache monos in the Jardin, 2pm (Parade down Calle San Francisco before)
5pm: Big Parade! Mojigangas, Xuchiles, dancers from all over Mexico (Calzada Estacion to Jardin)
7pm: dancers in Jardin
9pm: Rockets and fireworks
Of course we are on Mexican time so anything can be early but more likely a little late!
2008 Festival Slideshow:
7-9am: Dancers in the Jardin
11am: Another big parade through the downtown starting on Zacateros near Calle Nuevo
1pm: tribute to San Juan de San Miguel, the city founder
3pm: 7pm Voladores
9pm: The BIG fireworks
2009 Festival Slideshow:
2011 Festival Slideshow:
You go with a guide and are driven to within a 20-25 minute walk of the pyramid site & you hike in climbing volcanic rock steps. Besides the Otomí, we were told that the Toltecs also used the site during this time, however they were a nomadic tribe who did not settle permanently here.
The pyramid is situated so the light of both the sun and moon come directly into the center at specific dates of the year during which ceremonial activities were performed.
As you can see the landscape after a good rain year is lush and green and today, in full bloom.
Karen, Elvia’s daughter, turned 15 last week. Her quinceañera was last night.
Everything up through dinner was as expected, but the “dancing” begins with an hour long ritual that includes dance, performance, fireworks (inside) and showers of confetti all of which acknowledge moving out of childhood and becoming a woman.
She receives her last doll, a tiara, her first high heels and acknowledgement from her entire family and extended network of friends. All of this is enacted out in a series of practiced acts where her chambelanes carry her on their shoulders, dance with her one by one while she pushes them away, each for the next. It’s traditional and modern mixed with the essence of a fairy tale, an elaborate, moving and sometimes funny ritual to end childhood.
Video coming soon.
What can I can say about these beautiful gelatin desserts but WOW! They are made by a local person who has obviously spent years in her kitchen playing around in this medium. They are works of art, almost impossible to imagine how she made each one by hand. When you look at the photo above, each miniature petal and stamen is hand made out of gelatin and arranged in layers around the tiny stamens to form these gorgeous edible flowers.
One Reason to love Mexico City:
Diego Rivera’s Anahuacalli Museum in Coyoacan.
Over his lifetime, Diego Rivera collected 50,000 pieces of pre-hispanic art. According to the museum staff he bought from ‘archaeologists’ who robbed temple sites and had a hand in taking pieces himself.
Last night was the 6th Novena for the Guadalupe in our neighborhood. Each day more people come and live music arrived on the fourth Novena.
Don’t let the peacefulness of it fool you or make you nostalgic for simpler times because once it got started, about 30 boys under 12 showed up.
Every June in San Miguel de Allende, they celebrate the feast day of San Antonio de Padua with first, Rockets beginning at about 4am, followed by religious processions and masses and a full size carnival with lots of kiddie rides, ending a week later with the Locos blessing and Parade.