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Ajijic Fiestas October and November 2022

October is dedicated to our Virgin of the Rosary

(These dates and times are only estimates as the official schedules have not been received. Originally submitted and reported by Micki Wendt but updated by Ajijic News)

The past five years, since 2016, there is the Fiesta de San Miguel in the San Miguel barrio of Ajijic, above Tempesqui. Their saint is carried in a procession from a hillside cave and then proceeds though Ajijic.This tradition has made a revival after 200 years of its absence.

Ajijic Fiesta OctoberBeginning September 30, the celebration for the Virgin of the Rosary, who resides at the small church on the Ajijic Plaza all year, begins.

There is a procession on September 29th to the Church of Guadalupe, in sies esquinas on ocampo in West Ajijic, approximately at 5pm.

The next day, September 30, there is a procession from the Church of Guadalupe to the main church in Ajijc, San Andres, on Marcos Castellanos.This usually begins at 6:30 pm. Then every morning at 5am, there is a call to church, where she is serenaded with music and song. This is a celebration from September 30 through October 31.

Ajijic Fiesta OctoberOctober 31 is the last day of the month-long celebration, so there will be an large evening fiesta beginning with a procession including floats, Danzantes, bandas, and the carrying of La Virgen, herself, through the town. It starts around 5pm behind the church on Calle Galeana, and then heads east on Guadalupe Victoria, down Calle Aldama, west down Constitucion and Ocampo to Seis Esquinas (6 Corners) and back to the San Andres church to a welcome of the exuberant and rousing pealing of bells, brass bandas playing as several groups of Danzantes Aztecas with their drummers, heralded by the blowing of conch shells, and La Virgen, enter the church Atrium just before the twilight outdoor Mass as the sun sets - a truly dynamic and moving spectacular of jubilant and cacophonous sound healing.

After the Mass, people will gather in the Plaza when La Virgen will ceremoniously be carried back to her home in the Chapel, where she will be serenaded by Mariachis, and honored by more Danzantes outside. Later, there will be a Banda playing for dancing and enjoyment, and around 10:30 or 11pm, there will be a Castillo lit up in front of the Chapel on the Plaza - a preview of the San Andres fiesta in November which will have such events for 9 days straight, an awesome amount of fun.

The Virgen of Zapopan arrived in Ajijic on October 27. She remains until October 31 when Virgen of Rosario returns to her chapel.

Please note that Halloween is not celebrated in Mexico and that the above events have absolutely nothing to do with Halloween, although you might see small children (only) in costumes or masks, owing to the trickle down of US commercialism to Mexico. Instead of yelling Trick or Treat, they yell "Quiermos Halloween".

This is the 12th a Fundraiser Thriller Dance,  a dance that is sycronized throughout the world so everyone is dancing to Michael Jackson's hit 'Thriller'. This year the event is October 29th and will be held on the Ajijic Malecon at the basketball court, 4pm.  

A special dinner will be held for $500 pesos (pre-sale) or $600 pesos on the day of although tickets go fast. All proceeds go toTepahua this year..Please contact Donald Stordahl for more information. www.ThrillChapala.com


Ajijic Fiesta October

Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, which occurs every November 1 and 2, the 2nd being the larger day.

November 1 Dia de Los Angelitos

11am Gastronomic pavilion and artisan pavilion of the town in the main square of Ajijic
11am Folklore, Theater and Poetry, Plaza Ajijic
4pm Expositions of Altars, Giant Catrinas, Sawdust Carpets
8pm Lighting of the Wall of the Dead #2, on Calle Las Flores West Ajijic by Efren Gonzalez
8pm Children's parade up to age 12. Route: exit of the Wall of the Dead #2 (Angel Flores street), ocampo Hidalgo, Plaza Ajijic

Provided by Semanario Laguna Newspaper originally in spanish  #SemanarioLaguna #LaNoticiaComoEs

November 2 Dia de los Muertos

11am Gastronomic pavilion and artisan pavilion of the town in the main square of Ajijic
11am Folklore, Theater and Poetry, Plaza Ajijic
4pm Exposition of Altars, Giant Catrinas, Sawdust Carpets
7pm Parade of catrinas and catrines Calaveritas dancers; with participation of the general public, secondary schools and universities.
Route: Wall of the Dead, Ocampo, Constitucion, Marcos Castellanos, Parroquia and Plaza Ajijic
8pm Lighting of the Wall of the Dead #1 on Marcos Castellanos by Efren Gonzalez
8:30 Catrinas at Plaza Ajijic
9pm Rewards for participants by the Dia de Muertos de Ajijic Board of Trustees.

Provided by Semanario Laguna newspaper originally in spanish. #SemanarioLaguna #LaNoticiaComoEs

Look at the Ajijic News Calendar for more events.

Chapala usually has many altars set up on Madero, the main street of Chapala, close to the malecon. Not sure about this year though.

There will also be altars on Cinco de Mayo in Chapala on Nov 2 beginning at 6pm. This is the street where the altars have been for years and so it is a tradition.

Chapala has had a unique public 3-block-party with most of the residents of Calle 5 de Mayo building large altars outside their homes, celebrating there instead of the cemetery. This street is centrally located and easy to find on a map.  Dia de los Muertos events generally commence at dark. Begins at 6pm. This may or may not happen this year.

The time, energy, creativity, love, and devotion that the people here put into these fabulous fiestas never fails to amaze and awe me. Please come out and enjoy the Real Mexico. The foreign presence is always so sparse at all these very rich, traditional, and fun events.

The Fiesta Season continues through November with Revolution Day and the always wonderful San Andres Fiesta.  More later on these very enjoyable days. Stay tuned!

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