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St. Andrews Festival
November 23rd, 2009 by Les

“The nicest thing about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you’re doing someone else does.”

I believe we live in the heart of Ajijic.  Even without being told we do, Hidalgo seems to be the starting point for parades, block parties, activities that connect the area and its people.  And quite often, dear reader, I have no clue as to what is going on.  Thank goodness David does and everyone else does, for that matter.

That being said, we were for-warned about this week.  Do you enjoy noise?  Do you happen to have any ear plugs?  How do you handle continuous excitement, activity, marching bands, sirens going off continuously, drums being pounded at what seems like odd hours, and the list goes on.  And, of course, there is the constant chorus of dogs barking and roosters cackling…no matter what time of day it is.

This week is the biggest fiesta of the year for Ajijic celebrating its patron saint, Saint Andrew.  These are naturally joyous and friendly people and, give them a fiesta, and the heavens open wide with their celebration.  Everyone is welcome.  Smiles and laughter are their way of sharing their joy…from November 20th through the 30th…along with great food, great music and much merriment.

These are the first set of pictures, out of so many David has shot, that we both decided to call a story in pictures.

Jose Doroteo Arango Arambula (5 June 1878 – 20 July 1923), better known as Pancho Villa, was one of the first Mexican revolutionary generals along with Ramiro Cervantes and Uriel Carrasco.  And then there were the soldaderas (paid soldiers basically females hired by the soldiers to work as servants doing domestic chores while they were in camp) women who fought for the revolutions as well – no domestic chores for them.  Names such as Rosa Bobadilla, Carmen Amelia Robles and Petra Ruiz among many others.  (If I’ve made any mistakes in the above narrative, please bear with me as I learn about our wonderful Mexican neighbors and their birthright.)

The pictures below are of young school children – everyone marches in the parade – dressed in celebration of their heritage.  Most of the “young couples” holding hands as they marched toward the town square.  What is interesting about these photos is the progression of the young lady and her various reactions to having her image recorded and her companion, seemingly oblivious to all the various antics of his partner.  All of the pictures were taken on the street just outside our door.

Enjoy, for there are more to come.

Peasant Uprising 1

Peasant Uprising 1

Peasant Uprising 2

Peasant Uprising 2

Peasant Uprising 3

Peasant Uprising 3

Peasant Uprising 4

Peasant Uprising 4

Peasant Uprising 5 - The Smile Says It All

Peasant Uprising 5 - The Smile Says It All


2 Responses  
  • Patricia Walker writes:
    November 25th, 200910:12 amat

    A friend just sent me your blog information. I live in Lower La Floresta. I have a site called MexicoDailyLiving.blogspot.com It is always interesting to see other blogs, especially from the same area. Lucky you, a pool! Wow, I am envious. I am house sitting now and there is a heated pool. I am loving it. Patricia

  • Linda Bustos writes:
    November 24th, 200910:15 amat

    Your learning more about Mexico and the folklore than I know! It is wonderful that you are so loving and open to every new experience that you live through. I miss my friend.


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