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Ballet Folklorico - Jocotepec

Ballet Folklorico Monumental Bicentenario en Jocotepec

The show started yesterday at 4-5ish on the Jocotepec malecon featuring ballet folklorico troupes from 13 communities in the lakeshore region. The finale at 7 p.m. had 650 couples and a live mariachi playing and dancing the El Tranchete, Las Alazanzas, El Son de la Negra and the ever popular Jarabe Tapatio, better known to gringos as the Mexican hat dance.

Organized by Jalisco’s Ministry of Culture in conjunction with the

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A religious experience

The small parades in Melaque with barely 100 people in them at most is all I’ve experienced when it comes to religious festivals in Mexico. I call it a festival because that’s what the whole two weeks in Jocotepec has been but this parade of Señor del Monte around town is large and quite somber. I’m just guessing but assume the Christ on the Cross figure is interchangeable with Señor del Monte.

A religious experience

Welcome Señor del Monte

While the holidays are over in most lakeshore communities, Jocotepec residents are just getting started with the town’s fiestas patronales honoring El Señor del Monte (Lord of the Mount). The boisterous celebration runs for two full weeks to climax on the third Sunday of the month, falling this year on January 16. A sequence of fiesta happenings – punctuated by noisy fireworks – includes religious processions and services, bull-riding contests, cockfights, horse races,

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Birthday Bar-b-Que

Both Fernando and I had birthdays last week but we decided to have the party on the weekend so more people could come and we could start earlier. They voted on my place because I have more room. Fernando asked his girlfriends family so with the two families that made about 12. And us three gringos, Bill from Chapala and Marilyn from next door.

Maria and I and the kids went shopping

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Jocotepec Tianguis

Tianguis (Tianquiztli) is a Mexican word derived from the Mexican indigenous language Nahuatl, or Aztec language, and is still frequently used today in Mexico to describe an open public market, i.e., a street market. Often the markets would travel from town to town in a municipality setting up in a different location each day of the week.

That’s the way it was in Melaque on the coast, a different town each day

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