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Casa De La Luz/Casa De Huespedes

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Studio apartment The 2nd floor studio has direct access from the street, through the garden. It sleeps up to 5 people –2 double beds and a single “roll away” bed . Air conditioning, WIFI, cable TV Advertisements

The Parade Of Giants… Saltabarranca, Veracruz // La Mojiganga De Gigantes

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The Parade of GIANTS in Saltabarranca, Veracruz is a tradition started in the late 1800s and continues to this day on the 14TH of May every year. Many towns in the state of Veracruz have the tradition of the MOJIGANGA — As I posted earlier in this BLOG — but none can surpass the shear size of the entries nor the full support of this entire  community as seen in Saltabarranca. These giant figures require from 8 to 30 people to carry them, and manipulate the different mechanical and electrical parts. And several months to construct.

The MOJIGANGA GIGANTES DE SALTABARRANCA is well worth the late hour .( it starts at around 10:30 PM) with a Mojiganga for and with the NIÑOS starting at 8PM…The thousands and thousands of people that throng from all over the state of VERACRUZ, and beyond , come to enjoy the festivities, see…and be seen…and party till dawn with live music and fireworks …and , of course..CERVASA !

The MOJIGANGA-PARADE OF GIANTS ends around 1 AM. Here are some photos of the fantastic, animated  figures. I hope you enjoy them !

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Be sure to include a side trip to TLACOTALPAN on your next trip to Veracruz, and the MOJIGANGA De SALTABARRANCA !


TLACOTALPAN–The Pearl of the Papaloapan

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Tlacotalpan, often called the “PEARL OF THE PAPALOAPAN” is peaceful today, holding its breath for the upcoming CANDELARIA FESTIVAL..beginning on January 31st.

I have not posted for a couple months…sorry ! Here are a couple new photos. And I`ll be back in a couple weeks.

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LA MOJIGANGA~~~THE MASQUERADE

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LA MOJIGANGA, OR THE MASQUERADE,

A type of street theater / parade dating back to the 17TH century Spain.

In Tlacotalpan today, ” La Mojiganga ” is primarily a street parade performed by children of all ages. The procession gathers in The Zocalo ( the town square ) and proceeds up and down every street in town, led by a brass band.

Some of the children wear homemade costumes, but most carry hand made placards or posters, depicting animals, birds, fish, or other elements that are reflective of their lives in this area, The Papaloapan River Delta.

The artistic values and imagination presented in these costumes and placards are delightful and sometimes stunning !!

The primitiveness and naiveté that the children, with some help, impart into these imaginative displays represent a window into the creativity and resourcefulness of these young people and their families.

With very little resources, found objects, and scarce art supplies…they turn what is in the minds eye into a visual delight.

” La Mojiganga ” is performed on several holidays through the year. Here are a few photos I have taken over the year of ……

” LA MOJIGANGA ” in TLACOTALPAN, VERACRUZ.

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THE THREE LARGEST CATHOLIC CHURCHES OF TLACOTALPAN

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The Church of Saint Michael Archangel ….

” La Iglesia De San Miguel Arcangel

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This church known locally as.. Little Saint Michael… SAN MIGUELITO…is the oldest church in Tlacotalpan.

The construction began in 1785, on top of the remains of another church destroyed by fire. It’s primary services were to the Indigenous community.

The building , as it stands today, inaugurated in 1800, is a unique example of Tlacotalpan architecture, combining a neoclassical style with a wooden ceiling and a mud tiled roof.

There are also two towers, the highest housing a clock, placed there in 1800, and the smaller one containing a belfry, topped by a semicircular dome.

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CANDELARIA FESTIVAL~~~~TLACOTALPAN, VERACRUZ

The Candelria Festival started  with the arrival of first MONKS from THE SAN JUAN de DIOS order , in the early 1600s.

The Candelaria Virgin was used to convert the Indigenous inhabitants to Christianity, by replacing the Prehispanic Fertility Deity, who was celebrated on the same date…February 2ND.

These days the festival begins January 31ST, and continues until February 9TH.

The Candelaria Festival begins on the afternoon of January 31ST with the  parade on horseback of 100s of the townspeople, young and old, dressed in traditional costumes.

The festival in its present form is mainly a music festival.

The”SON” or “SON JAROCHO” music was influenced by the music coming from Venezuela in the 18TH century and from Cuba in the 19TH century.

Musicians from all over Mexico and around the world gather in TLACOTALPAN, VERACRUZ for this yearly event.

A huge outdoor stage is erected, with lighting and sound. The different groups ( 50 to 100 ) take turns playing and singing their versions of the “SON”, continually for over 24 hours.

On street corners and in parks, platforms are placed, for impromptu gatherings of Fandango dancers and players of the “SON JAROCHO”. You can find this kind of spontaneous display day and night throughout the coming week.

Bulls running in the streets..

6 bulls are transported ( swimming ) from one side of the river to the other and into a corral. One at a time ( usually ) they are let loose in the streets. Total mayhem is the only way to describe what follows ! There are secure viewing locations, and cowboys on horseback with lassos to rein in the bulls and keep the damage to a minimum !

But , of course, “MACHOS” and drunks with something to prove, run in the streets to challenge the bulls. Sometimes to their detriment and screams from the crowd.

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There is also the “MOJIGANGA”. A costume parade.

Originally it was a carnival-like atmosphere when the locals of all classes could hide behind masks and intermingle, creating mischief, without being recognized.

Today, the children’s handmade costumes in the parade are a photographers dream, and true works of art. This is a “must-see” at the festival.

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There are also carnival rides for the kids, a rodeo, cock fights, and a major contemporary MEXICAN band on an outdoor stage, playing till dawn.

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You can also participate in the traditional “DANZON” , evenings in the Zocalo, and watch spectacular fireworks.

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Then there is the FOOD……..after all, whats a festival without lots of food and sweet munchies. RIGHT ??

There are many stands selling speciality items from different parts of Mexico and , of course, the wonderful seafood restaurants along the RIO PAPALOAPAN.  All local fare: Fish, Blue Crab, Octopus, and great SHRIMP and shrimp cocktails. And for the adventurous, you may be invited to someones home for turtle soup.

Lets not forget the many booths of fresh baked  bread & rolls, Cinnamon swirls, and all that homemade candy.  If you find thats not enough, there are also the carts selling homemade ice cream !! YUM.

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The population of TLACOTALPAN doubles during the festival, especially for the first 3 days.

Most hotels are booked a year in advance. Many residents open their homes to rent rooms and some rent entire houses for the festival. And as you will see in a picture below, some travel to the festival with tents and sleep in the parks.

We at   CASA DE LA LUZ have a list , and photographs, of rooms and houses we would recommend to rent and can put people in touch….as we, at the CASA,  are booked by mid August.

The non-stop party atmosphere of the first 3 days slowly winds down…to a second running of the bulls on the closing day, February 9TH.   ALL EVENTS ARE FREE

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Come to Tlacotalpan this next January and party with us. You will never forget the experience ! Guaranteed !

Below are some photos and a few links to a YOUTUBE video.

YOU TUBE: Type: “Candelaria Tlacotalpan 2008”   or  “Toros Candelaria 2008” in the search box. There are a lot of choices to view.

HAVE YOU BEEN TO CANDELARIA IN TLACOTALPAN ? —SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE COMMENT SECTION.    THANKS,   BILLDELALUZ.

Mis Gatos in Casa De La Luz /\/\/\ Tlacotalpan, Mexico

Miss “CHI-CHI” … 9 years old, and Sr. “CHAVO” … 7 years old, rode across Mexico from Oaxaca with me, in the back seat of the moving van, some five and a half years ago.

With all the toads/frogs, creepy-crawly bugs and birds everywhere they looked, ( the savannas start just a block and a half away from the casa),  they adapted to this new…HOT & HUMID climate (after cool Oaxaca) right away. Not like me…it took about a year.  I will admit that at first I thought I had made a big mistake. Arriving on July 4TH, the temps were in the high 90°s and the humidity was around 80%. Now it seems like I have always lived here.  And no fungus between my toes !!——yet.

CHI-CHI has had many suitors, but being spayed, will have nothing to do with them and sends them on their way whenever they dare to enter her territory. After all these years, she still only tolerates CHAVO being around !

As for CHAVO, being neutered, he gets out there and has his go at fighting with the interlopers, and holds his own, tho I am sure he doesn’t quite know why!!

Chavo loves one and all, as long as they have time to stop and say hello and give him a good rub. As for CHI-CHI, she would just as soon no one come close and will keep her distance, no matter who it is…even me most of the time.  So independent.

I am sure I have too many pictures of these guys, but if you are a cat person, you understand. Here are a few I am sharing today.

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I forgot to mention, they do get bent out of shape when guests are traveling with their dogs..which are always welcome…but they have the jungle garden, and a few high places to perch if need be. And those dogs never stay for more than a few days. Well, except for ANDREW…he was here a couple months. They got used to each other ! I think !!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, and please share your thoughts.  ADIOS, Bill

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