|Templo de San Antonio|
Put on your Sunday best my friends, because for today's Mi Mexico Monday I'm inviting everyone to a party. But not just any party, this party is for a Saint.
Every year, the nearby barrio of San Antonio hosts a week long kermesse (block party) in honor of Saint Anthony. Today (June 13th) is the most important and anticipated day of the festivities because it is Saint Anthony's feast day.
Like any good party, there were games.
Lots of delicious food Mexican food, like enchiladas, pozole, and tamales
Tacos, prepared by the church's youth group known as La Pandilla del Señor (The Lord's Gang).
|Delicious bacon-wrapped hotdogs. Yum!|
And elotes (corn).
And of course, plenty of cake for everyone.
Along with empanadas and donas (donuts) to enjoy with your cafecito (coffee).
And no kermesse would be complete without a castillo (a castle-like contraption with lots of spinning and exploding fireworks).
|Building the castillo|
Not only was the entire town celebrating Saint Anthony because of his feast day, but because El Dia de San Antonio is known in my small town as un dia llovedor (a rainy day). With the exception of the last couple of years, it has ALWAYS rained on Saint Anthony's feast day. I don't think there was a soul in town who wasn't hoping that the rains would start today.. Sadly, this is the third or fourth year that Saint Anthony hasn't blessed us with any rain. I guess it's time to pull out the big
Some interesting tidbits about San Antonio that I have learned over the years. He is the patron saint of animals. He is THE saint to turn to when looking for lost items. And he is the unofficial patron saint of las cotorras (spinsters/unmarried women). For years, women have prayed, begged and pleaded with Saint Anthony to bring them a husband. One common practice that was supposedly guaranteed to bring you a husband was to turn a figurine of Saint Anthony on his head. In recent years it has been revealed that doing so only results in getting the wrong kind of husband.
Hasta la proxima! (Until next time!)