FERIAS, FIESTAS AND CELEBRATIONS
When it comes to fairs and fiestas, the lacustrine region has many celebrations and a great variety of them. We will refer to them briefly, based on the calendar and on the location of the celebration. We suggest that if you want to attend any, especially those of pagan/religious character, you be conscious that merely your presence at the event makes you part of it, and it is important to inquire with the villagers about their customs and protocols. It is crucial that the tourist know what he is getting involved in and that he behaves with respect. On this depends to a large extent the preservation of our traditions and the harmonious relationship between the villagers and the visitors.
1st. - Ihuatzio: Celebration of the new year. The danza de los viejitos (dance of the old men) is
2nd to 6th - Tócuaro: Epiphany (Day of the Magi). Four feast days with presentation of pastorelas, or
6th - Pátzcuaro: Epiphany. Shepherds song presentation.
- Janitzio: Epiphany.
- Ihuatzio: Epiphany, danza de los viejitos is presented.
- Tzintzuntzan: Epiphany (is celebrated principally in Ichupio, a municipality of Tzintzuntzan).
For three days, the kings travel the village delivering gifts. During this feast the visitors are
feted with doughnuts with honey and white atole.
- Santa Fe de la Laguna: The Magi. Presentation of shepherds song and dances.
- Erongarícuaro: Epiphany. Festival to the child god with the danza de los viejitos and
pastorelas in the atrium of the church and in the streets.
17th - Pátzcuaro: Day of saint Anthony abbot. Domestic animals and birds are adorned with flowers
and taken to be blessed.
- Uruapan: Day of Saint Anthony abbot. Benediction of the animals.
22nd - Erongarícuaro: Day of el Señor de la Misericordia
1st to 7th - Tzintzuntzan: Señor del Rescate. Celebration instituted by don Vasco de Quiroga.
Pilgrimage, band music, dances, sporting events, folk fair and presentation of the danza
del Señor del Rescate.
2nd - Tócuaro: La Candelaria (presentation of the child Jesus in the temple ): The candles of the
great candelabra are blessed, asked to mitigate the calamities of life and implore the
attendance of the Mother of God in the critical moment of death.
Varies - Pátzcuaro: Carnival. During three days (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday ) the toritos (little
straw bulls) from each neighborhood are passed through the streets, accompanied by oboe
music and ropes and characters such as el apache, el caballito (the little horse), el
caporal (the chief) and las maringuías (men dressed like woman).
- Ihuatzio: Carnival.
- Uruapan: Carnival. Dances, pilgrimage and jaripeo (rodeo).
14th - Pátzcuaro: don Vasco de Quiroga (annual mourning): Cultural week. Handicrafts exposition, organ concert in the Basílica and traditional music.
24th - Cuanajo: Crafts competition and folk fiesta.
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