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In Ihuatzio (that means the place of the coyotes in Purépecha), the Indians dance, with masks, on Purépecha music. For the dance of the « Viejitos », they wear masks and wool shawls.
January, 06 : Celebration of Epiphany (Day of the Wise Men)
February, 02 : The Candlemas
Easter : Week - 13-20 April 2014. Thousand visitors come every year to attend the celebrations of the Holy Week. There is a lot of excitement in Morelia, Tzintzuntzan, Tarímbaro, Pátzcuaro or Uruapán, with remarkable processions.
April,3-6 , 2014 (dates tba for 2014): International Festival of guitar in Morelia :
July : Celebration of the Patronage – Torchlight procession to honor the Precious Blood of Christ (every year)
July, 26 : Celebration of the Patronage to honor Santa Ana (every year)
August : Festival of the Guitar in Paracho : (every year)
September, 10 : Celebration to honor Don Vasco de Quiroga in Quiroga (every year)
1st and 2nd of november : Wake of the Day of the Dead
3 to 11 November (dates tba for 2014) – International Movie Festival in Morélia (Mich) :
16 to 25 November (dates tba for 2014) : International Music Festival of Morelia :


Danza de Viejitos – (Dance of the Little Old Men).
The dance of the little old Men (viejitos) is very famous in Mexico. It is danced with masks, in Michoacán State.

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   Extract of the video comments :

The dance of the Little Old Men (viejitos) is dedicated to the Gods of the fire and the year. It is part of the traditional and popular Pre-Hispanic culture of Mexico. It is executed by the Purépechas, Indigenous from Pátzcuaro and the region of Michoacán. At the Pre-Hispanic time, it was cons devoted to the ancient Gods such as the God of fire, «Huehueteotl». The costumes of the dancers represent the peasants of the region. They wear masks made of corn husk, wood or mud, with smiling old faces and pink color to represent the youth. While dancing, the movements of the old and bent men transform into a fast agility. The shoes that tap on the ground with an appropriate sound represent the eventual coughing fits and the falls of the old men. The Pre-Hispanic dances have always a connotation with the Sacred. Here the dance asks health for the whole life of the people.

Pirekua, traditional song of the P’urhépecha

Inscribed in 2010 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Pirekua is a traditional music of the indigenous P’urhépecha communities of the State of Michoacán, Mexico, sung by both men and women. Its diverse mix of styles draws on African, European and indigenous American origins, with regional variations identified in 30 of the 165 P’urhépecha communities. A Pirekua, which is generally sung with a gentle rhythm, may also be presented in non-vocal styles using different beats such as sones (3/8 time) and abajeños (6/8 time). Pirekua can be sung solo, in duets or trios, or accompanied by choral groups, string orchestras and mixed orchestras (with wind instruments). Pirériecha (Pirekua singers and interpreters) are renowned for their creativity and interpretations of older songs. Lyrics cover a wide range of themes from historical events to religion, social and political thought and love and courtship, making extensive use of symbolism. Pirekua acts as an effective medium of dialogue between the P’urhépecha families and communities that practise it, helping to establish and reinforce bonds.Pirériechas also act as social mediators, using songs to express sentiments and communicate events of importance to the P’urhépecha communities. Pirekua has traditionally been transmitted orally from generation to generation, maintaining its currency as a living expression, marker of identity and means of artistic communication for more than a hundred thousand P’urhépecha people. Extract from Unesco website. See the slideshow and the video on their website.


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