Fireworks in the Bedroom

An Example of a Spider shaped firework in JapanImage via Wikipedia
Maybe the title of this post is a little misleading, but it is the plain and simple truth.  As I write, my hubby and I are enjoying a beautiful fireworks display from the privacy of our bedroom window.  While we are warm and cozy in our pajamas, the rest of the townsfolk are dressed to the nines, enjoying the biggest party of the year. 

It is the Eve of Independence Day.  All throughout Mexico, people are gathered tonight to witness each town's re-enactment of El Grito de Independencia (Cry of Independence), first given by Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla  in 1810.

Here in Yahualica, everyone gathers in El Jardin (the townsquare), which is directly in front of La Presidencia (City Hall), to watch El Presidente Municipal (Mayor) recite El Grito.  It's a tradition rich in history and fills everyone with a sense of patriotic pride.  When the Presidente opens with "Viva los heroes de la Independencia", the townsfolk respond in a mighty roar, "VIVA!" El Presidente then recites the names of the many heroes of the Independence. Followed by the words that each Mexican holds near and dear to his heart, "VIVA MEXICO!  VIVA MEXICO!  VIVA MEXICO!"   

Then come the fireworks!  We live 2 and a half block from El Centro (downtown), which is close enough to witness the fireworks display.  Not a peso in the town's budget is spared.  The thick cloud of dust that remains, covers the entire Jardin

Once everyone has had a chance to recover from the smoke inhalation is when the real party begins.  The Jardin becomes the town's largest dance floor.  A well-known banda plays while the townspeople dance the night away into the wee hours of the morning.  There are 6 stands in El Jardin selling copious amounts of tequila to keep the locals hydrated.  If you take a walk to El Centro before 8 am, you will still see people dancing, sitting, talking and even sleeping in El Jardin

I wish you all a Happy Independence Day!  Viva Mexico!

With Love,
Leslie Limon

(P.S.)  The dancing is not the only thing that lasts all night.  We can hear gunfire all over town.  My hubby and kiddies will be checking our roof tomorrow morning for bullet shells!

September

September has always been my favorite month of the year. It might have to do with the fact that it's my birth month. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but there is just something about September that I find fascinating.

Moving to Mexico only enhanced my fascination. In Mexico, September is referred to as Mes Patrio (Patriotic Month), because El Dia de Independencia is celebrated on the 16th. There are other national holidays celebrated as well, such as El Aniversario de Los Niños Heroes on September 13th and the legendary Grito de Dolores on the 15th.

September in Yahualica is a major event, known as Las Fiestas and is not to be missed. Its a huge party that lasts all month long!

The first celebration is on the first Sunday in September. There is a very large Peregrinacion (Pilgrimage) that comes to visit El Señor del Encino from Guadalajara. (My hubby remembers counting all of the buses that came to town when he was a child.)

Later in the week, Las Fiestas officially start with the Inaugural Parade.

Then of course, there is the fair! Amusement rides, games, food and liquor stands and street vendors line the streets around El Mercado. There are many cultural events held at night in El Teatro del Pueblo, such as folkloric dance groups, singers, celebrity impersonators, comedians and famous bandas. There are also bailes (dances), beauty pageants, donkey races and sporting events. (Hubby is hoping to participate in the bike race!)

The last week of September is known as Las Fiestas Patronales. Each day of the week, there is a procession around town in honor of the different Patron Saints of Yahualica.

And to end the festivities there is a bull fight at the Plaza de Toros. (I haven't attended one yet, and I don't plan on it!)

The whole town loves Las Fiestas. Yahualiscences that are now residing in the States (we call them Norteños) visit Yahualica to take part in the festivities. All of the hotels are booked almost a year in advance.

Its a fun time to be had by all! If you can't visit this year, don't worry, I will be writing and posting pics as all of the events take place.

With Love,
Leslie Limon