Isabel Fuente and Jim Lloyd invite you to join them for their

Second Annual

FIESTA DE LA VIRGIN DE LA CANDELARIA IN TUXPAN

February 2, 2006

 

          

 

Cost: $690 pesos per person

Included: Bus transportation, guided tour and comida

Time: Leave Lloyd’s parking lot at 9:00 AM, return around 6:00 PM

Payment: ½ payment at the time of reservation and full payment by January 28 (non refundable after this date.)

 

This one day tour takes us to Tuxpan, a town continually rebuilt after numerous earthquakes, located near Ciudad Guzman.  Although their buildings have fallen, their traditions remain intact.  One of these traditions is the February 2nd Fiesta de la Virgin de la Candelaria, also know as Candlemas.

 

This regional fiesta is famous for two kinds of dances: the Chayacates (left picture above) and Sonajeros (right above) dances. 

 

Around 1774 a plague of chickenpox hit Tuxpan and the surrounding area.  The people prayed to St. Sebastian, patron of health, to be delivered from this epidemic.  To be grateful for the miracle of healing the indigenous organized the dance of the Chayacates to honor the martyred saint.  Chayacates comes from the Nahuatl Chayácatl and means “man with a mask.”   The oldest and most famous of the two dances is the Sonajeros.  Its origin is prehispanic and is known as the dance of the warriors.  The dancers danced to the sound of a drum made from the skin of a deer and a flute of carrizo.

 

The dancers will arrive in the courtyard of the church coming from the various barrios of Tuxpan.  When all have arrived each group will dance into the church, pay homage to the Christ child and come out of the church dancing.   Many people take infant dolls of the Christ child to the church to be blessed. It is a mixture of Christian and prehispanic rites.

 

During the Fiesta artisans will have craft items for display and sale.  For comida, around 3:00 PM, we will have Cuachala, a traditional dish of the area served during festivities.

 

Itinerary subject to change.

 

For more pictures of  Fiesta 2005, check out http://jim2rob.com/cooktux05.html

 

For reservations contact:

Isabel Fuente

mexjourneys@prodigy.net.mx or

Jim Lloyd: (376) 766 3070

jelajijic@yahoo.com

 

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