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February, every year (10Feb-16Feb 2014) : Fería de Turismo Rural in Oaxaca : with interesting pictures on

Maundy Thursday in Teotitlán (the church of the village in the background) Holy week at Easter (13-20 April 2014)- There are many manifestations during this period with colorful celebrations in Oaxaca, Teotitlán.

During the week after Easter Sunday : Carnival de Resurrection (Be aware of hangovers after tasting the mezcal !) : from 7 PM to 11 PM : big band and Zapotec dances with wonderful costumes. Every dancer has their own costume and mask. To hide their personality behind a mask is part of their culture. You can drink a lot of beer, "tepache" and mezcal while watching this show. The starting point is the Zócalo of Teotitlán.

"tepache”: alcohol of fermented pineapple

   Left picture : Maundy Thursday in Teotitlán (the church of the village in the       background)

July, 1-5th, 2014 : Village day in Teotitlán del Valle - "Fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre de Cristo" - processions and dances.

Guelaguetza 21 July and 28 July 2014 - In Oaxaca, the Guelaguetza brings together the ethnic groups of 7 regions of Oaxaca State (dances and traditional songs to honor Centeotl, Goddess of corn) : log onto the website : for the history and the tickets.

     Right picture : the Guelaguetza

August, 31st- Benediction of the animals in Oaxaca in La Merced Church.

August 24-27, 2014 – Village day in San Bartolo Coyotepec : "Fiesta de San Bartolomé".

Sept 05-08, 2014 - "Fiesta del Señor de La Natividad" in Teotitlán del Valle

Last week in September -"Fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre de Cristo" in San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya. Eight days of processions, dances and fireworks.

Nov 01-02 : Day of the Dead; nice Day of the Dead celebration in Oaxaca City and the surrounding villages.

Dec 23 - Festival de los Rábanos (Radish Festival) in Oaxaca : sculptures of radishes representing famous people or scenes of the nativity. Exposition on the Zócalo. This exceptional event occurs every year in Mexico.

Mixtec dances in Cuilapán (Oaxaca)

Dec 24 - Las Calendas (processions) in Oaxaca : every year, there is a huge parade of floats, giant papier mache puppets, flower baskets and musicians (this event is more religious than cultural).

Left picture : Mixtec dances in Cuilapán (Oaxaca)


one of the many folkloric groups of the Oaxaca region dancing with a pineapple

   Right picture : one of the many folkloric groups of the Oaxaca      region dancing with a pineapple






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