PHOTO WALKS – FESTIVITIES AND FAIRS
These Photo Walks give us an opportunity to photograph the different fiestas, festivities and fairs in Mexico. Many of them are at certain times of year… Mexican Independence, Day of the Dead, Christmas in Mexico and Semana Santa. Others give us a glimpse into indigenous cultures or world cultures.
THE WORLD COMES TO MEXICO CITY
The Feria de las Culturas Amigas takes place at the end of May when almost 100 countries set up stands and share their culture and food with visitors.
(Take a look: Photo Walk around the Feria de las Culturas Amigas)
The very colorful Fiesta de Culturas Indígenas takes place in Mexico City in August and is a great way to get to know about many of the different indigenous groups in Mexico along with their culture, food and crafts.
(Take a look: Photo Walk around the Fiesta de Culturas Indígenas)
Although Mexican Independence Day is the 16th September, the whole month is spent celebrating the Fiestas Patrias. Wherever you go, there are symbols of Mexican identity, including the flag, the colors red, white and green, and special food.
(Take a look: Mexican Independence in Coyoacán)
DÍA DE MUERTOS (DAY OF THE DEAD)
The most Mexican of all festivities, Day of the Dead celebrations start at the end of October and continue until the actual Fiesta on 1st and 2nd November. For Mexicans, Día de Muertos is a day to honor those who have passed away and they do so with a very colorful celebration, quite unlike anywhere else in the world.
(Take a look: Day of the Dead in San Angel)
FIESTAS OF THE VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE
The Virgen de Guadalupe is revered by Mexicans from all backgrounds and in the weeks preceding her Feast Day, 12th December, and up to the actual day, millions of pilgrims from all over Mexico make their way to the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City to honor her with their traditional dances and music, and make new vows.
(Take a look: Pilgrims at the Basilica)
CHRISTMAS IN MEXICO
Our photo walk takes us to the Centro Histórico to see how Mexicans celebrate la Navidad. Ice-rinks, a huge Christmas tree and decorations on the buildings which are lit up at night are an integral part. Piñatas of all sizes, traditional straw decorations, nochebuenas (poinsettias) and nativity scenes are some of the other aspects of Mexican Christmas.
(Take a look: Christmas in the Centro Histórico)