The city of Mérida is
very dynamic : many cultural events are held during the week :
folkloric ballets, classical and contemporary dances, music groups,
theater plays, festivals, shows, etc...
The evenings with the serenades in St Lucie Park are very popular.
Every Saturday, from 6PM to 1AM, the streets
are closed to make room for the party. Also on Sunday,
the historic center is closed to traffic between 9AM and 9PM to
allow for recreational, cultural and gourmet activities : painting,
music, dances, theater, books, local craft type hats, hammocks,
typical shirts, embroidered dresses, confectionary, etc... The
folkloric ballet of The Autonomous
University of Yucatán gives a show every Friday evening
at 9PM ( fee : MXN$50) except in August and September and the
last two weeks in December.
IZAMAL : Light and Sound Show
"Light of the Mayas" held in the atrium on from Monday to Saturday included, every week at 8:30PM. $89 entrance fees for visitors and $64 for nationals. CHICHÉN ITZÁ : Daily Light and Sound Show (7PM,
November-March or 8PM, April-October – duration: 45 minutes);
UXMAL : Daily Light and Sound Show (7PM, November-March
or 8PM, April-October – duration: 45 minutes);
26 February to 5 March 2014 - Carnival of Mérida :
19/20/21 March -every year - Festival of Spring Equinox in Chichén
Itzá (Equinoccio de la Primavera). The shade
of a serpent appears on the main pyramid of Kukulcán (visible
3 days from March 19 to 21).
20 aug - Festival of Mani : dances, concerts, traditional
cuisine – Mani, Yucatán.
22 sept - Festival of Fall Equinox in
Itzá. The shade of a serpent appears on the main pyramid
of Kukulcán (visible
3 days from september 20 to 22).
23-25 nov (dates tba)- Festival de las Aves Toh
(birds festival) of Yucatán in Mérida
and Izamal (bird watching) :
When the sun sets on the Yucatán
peninsula, the inhabitants take in the fresh air in the green
city parks. They tell stories, listen to the birds and enjoy the
fresh evening breeze. In Mérida,
the troubadours appear all dressed up in their white immaculate
typical (guayaberas) and fascinate the people with their
guitar and poetic songs. On the benches, the lovers declare their
The "trova" is a phenomenon born in 1890 which
mixes the refinement of the Mayan indigenous, the Creole poesy,
the Caribbean rhythm and the cross-cultural sweetness. Talking about
love in such a delicate way, allows the Yucatán
song to cross the borders. The compositions of Ricardo Palmerin,
Guty Cardenas, Pastor Cervera and Armando Manzanero, among others,
are world famous.
Left picture : clown among the streets of Mérida
is also part of the everyday life. It is an elegant and colorful
dance, with spiff and mixing the Spanish jota with Mayan and Caribbean
For this happy dance, the women, are dressed up with beautiful "ternos"
(gala dress), luxuriously embroidered with a lace rolled hem and
adorned with delicate gold filigree rosaries. They wear a flower
crown and their bun is tied with a bright color bow. Their silk
shawls hang on their back, the ends wrapped around their arms. The
men wear elegant white shirts (guayaberas), straight white
pants and the usual fine straw panama hat and the leather sole espadrilles
needed for taping out the rhythm of the music with their heels.
Created twenty years ago, the folkloric ballet of the Autonomous
University of Yucatán is one of the most well known in Mexico.
It presents wonderful dances such as the mestizo wedding that invariably
bring standing ovations from the spectators.
Right picture : Festival de la Trova
The villages celebrate the Day of their Patron
Saint with a huge fiesta including popular dances, mechanical rides,
firecrackers, processions, offerings and exquisite meals served
with handmade corn tortillas. There is no fiesta without a bullfight
held in a rustic ring. This ring is usually built in few days with
logs and palm leaves. The traditional dances (jaranas)
follow one another, converting the women dressed in their embroidered
costume into a colorful whirl. The most inspired people tell "bombas":
they are little spontaneous and witty poems about the feminine beauty
or the party atmosphere.
Pictures above : dances close by the Zocalo and in front of the City Hall in Mérida
: pink flamingos in the reserve of