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Mexico is a fascinating blend of indigenous tradition and
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religious rites, and ethnic rituals yearly.
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"Posadas" in Azcapotzalco
The angel came early to number sixty-eight Calle Centlapatl, carried on a plain wood palanquin the way it would be
during the first of the year's “Posadas,” by hand, from the church of San Martin de Tours a few blocks away. With a late
afternoon's winter light slanting eastward over Azcapotzalco, this December 16th would be a special one, as the
Marquez-Perez family had made great preparations to welcome their friends and fellow parishioners in celebrating
one of Mexico's sweetest traditions.
“Posada” means “inn” in Spanish, and on each of the nine days before Christmas, groups of devout parishioners like
these will reenact Mary and Joseph's search for shelter during their Biblical journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. In
the story, the pair were helped through the cold and dust by an otherworldly guide, and this guardian angel, too, in
colorful plaster and paint, has made the trip from the church to be here on this humble street in Mexico City.
Our hostess has been busy – the tree inside is glowing with lights, gift bags of alternating red and silvery green are
filled to the brim with peanuts, candy and snacks for the kids, flowers are everywhere, especially at the Virgen de
Guadalupe's altar to the left of their living room entrance. There are not one, but three pinatas ready, to be won later in
the evening at the right whack of a carefully taped broom handle.
As everyone gathers, the children take candles, the adults take sparklers for later. Two parishioners take up the heavy
palanquin. The procession begins, their symbolic journey tonight a long and arduous one. Pausing at a first, then a
second doorway, the group outside the gates, the “peregrinos,” trade touching verses in song with the “hosteleros,”
the innkeepers, inside:
This article continues on >>> our Mexico City page!
'B-Boy" Dancers, Mexico City
At times it feels like all Mexico is on the move, streaming toward the Basilica as if
magnetised, disheveled, defiant, on knees bent and shoes scuffed from miles and miles
of trudging along unforgiving concrete. For this will be a celebration, the “Dia de la Virgen
de Guadalupe,” patron saint of Mexico, and these are the true believers, the “peregrinos.”
They come for many different reasons, profound and personal, to find something, to forget
something, or to fulfill their “manda,” solemn promises made in public or in private. One
wish unifies them all, that they on this day can claim a place close to Guadalupe, who
embodies at once the Christian Virgin Mary, the Aztec earth goddess Tonantzin, and
everything else that is seen to be good and miraculous in this vast, complicated country.
From Puebla, from Hidalgo, from far-flung states or the outskirts of the Distrito Federal,
from tiny towns and devout congregations, every year “peregrinos” save up to make this
pilgrimage of faith, in groups, small or large, in trucks and buses and many on foot, in the
They come alone, they come with friends - working men, teenagers, grandmothers, and
householders with babies in tow, carrying the most remarkable things strapped to worn
backpacks: huge portraits of the Virgin in green and gold, thirty-pound statues, rosaries
and figurines, crosses of dark wood and shiny metal, elaborate altars in boxes made of
But mostly they walk, steadily putting one foot in front of another, shuffling along with
determination and pride in their faces, one and all with awkward bundles tied with string,
filled with blankets, bandages, tortillas and tamales. As they approach their goal, some
collapse with exhaustion and some, from a place deep inside, find renewed energy at the
For Miguel Benancio Cepeda, and his wife Maria, from San Miguel Canoa in Puebla, their
third journey is to give thanks, and to ask that the baby Maria is carrying be blessed. After
three days of walking from five in the morning till ten at night, they were within sight of the
Fifty-one year old Jose Luis Gomez Pereira made a “manda secreta,” a secret promise to
the Virgin, and when his friends didn't come with the horses, he came anyway, staying
here in the city without any money. Thanks to local volunteers like Israel Aguilera, who
works with twenty families to provide free food and drink for the pilgrims, Jose Luis and
many others can show their devotion knowing help will always be there...
This article continues on >>> our Mexico City page!
A sincere thanks is given here to Andrea Fernandez, whose gracious help was
essential to two of these stories..
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One of the first things to know about Mexico City is that it is full of
cool people, but this group of about thirty young hipsters just
hanging out together made me do a double take. I first ran across
the “B-Boys,” for want of a better name, in Alameda Central, the
public park next to the Palacio de Bellas Artes in the center of the
The graceful layout of this green space can be hard to see behind
a crazy array of blue tarps, circus rides and vendor stalls full of
every imaginable item, but it is indeed a well-planned public
place, with fountains, lots of benches, and a central raised
platform for performances and events. With so many nearby
cassette salesmen and DVD hawkers playing their wares, I might
not have even heard them, but they were laughing and shouting
up on the covered platform, and I felt compelled to find out why.
In the late-afternoon light, Karen Merida, 14, explained that high
school had just gotten out for the Christmas holidays, and that
they were all “waiting for the music” to arrive. They meet every
Thursday and Saturday to dance, she said, and there are teams
who compete. By their hip-hop clothes, I imagined some sort of
group effort, but I couldn't have imagined the cheering rugby
scrum that led to the first dances of the day.
Powered by a cell phone and a portable speaker, everyone that
could crowded around one dancer and then the next, each of
whom tried to push people back and outdo the other's awesome
new moves to a barely audible techno-rap tune. This was no
break dancing – no head-spins or body-bending, just plain
creativity plus a lot of attitude made for a winner, acclaimed and
acknowledged by popular demand. The girls were every bit as
competitive as the boys, and often better.
“D.F.” is a very fashionable place, peopled by residents whose
sense of style encompasses both the traditional and the modern
with care. What impressed me about these kids, though, was not
just that they can do what they do, it's the gracious, democratic
ease with which they win, they lose, they respect each other.
These are citizens any country would be proud to claim their own.
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JUN 24 -- Feast Day of St. John the Baptist. (San Juan Bautista)
Nationwide. Local fairs celebrate this saint's special day with
water-related festivities. Get ready to get wet!
JUN 1 - 10: Feast of Corpus Christi (Feria de Corpus Christi.)
Papantla, Veracruz. Colorful indigenous ceremonies flavor this
Catholic feast day...
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