Oct. 28 – Nov. 1: discovering some cherished Mexican traditions

IMG_20151101_120725San Miguel de Allende has turned out to be a perfect place to slow down, meet new people, enjoy fantastic food, and take care of chores ranging from getting pants altered [I’ve lost some weight :)] and my mountain bike fixed [its Magura brakes needed bleeding and replenishing, which I wasn’t able to figure out on my own] to doing laundry and writing even more recommendation letters for current and former students.

IMG_20151030_193620What is more, the city also celebrated its annual Calaca (skull/skeleton) Festival on November 30. Thousands of residents and visitors dressed up in black and white and wandered around at night, their faces artfully painted.

IMG_20151030_193453Some truly outdid themselves…

IMG_20151030_193815… as others walked around on stilts and mariachi bands were roaming the city.

IMG_20151031_131810The following day, a group of North American ladies paraded lap dogs sporting dresses and tacky accessories.

IMG_20151101_121414Ice cream vendors were selling sweet nieve (snow) right out of wooden drums…

IMG_20151101_121609… and temporary altars made of bright yellow flowers, seeds, paper garlands and photos of deceased family members popped up everywhere in the city in celebration of Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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4 thoughts on “Oct. 28 – Nov. 1: discovering some cherished Mexican traditions

    • You are absolutely right. I am glad it all happened as it did and–as a lesson learned–I am not planning with firm shipping dates anymore.

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