El Día de la Revolución, or Revolution Day in Mexico, is celebrated on the third Monday of November although the first shots of the revolution were fired on November 18th. It is a major holiday in Mexico and everyone loves a parade! Last year we saw the parade in Melaque; this year we saw it in Barra de Navidad.
We had been told the parade started at 9; unfortunately it had started at 8. So we missed most of the children dressed in period costume. But we did enjoy the floats and action we did get to see.
One of the most fun was the “beer dance” by the women in traditional outfits. And the soccer team created several different styles of pyramids in the street!
The finale was a group of horses ridden by Mexicans in their traditional dress. A great parade for such a small community!
This was our first Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico. We had wanted to experience it since we first came to Mexico. But the timing never seemed to match our return to our sailboat. Now that we are landlubbers we decided this was the year to see it.
At first we thought it was just a more elaborate Halloween. But the more time we have spent in Mexico we came to understand that it is a celebration of the life of family and friends that have departed. Two days are set aside to pray for and to support their departed’s spiritual journey. Altars are created showing pictures of the departed and many of their favourite things including food, drink, activities, entertainment and pets! We were touched by the display for Pedro, a cowboy whose life’s story was written on the altar along with the portrait of his horse.
Catrina’s are very popular to use in the altars. These female skeletons are dress-up with fancy clothes and especially hats. We enjoyed seeing
We particularly liked this display with the gentlemen playing cards with the dog looking on.
Yes there is actually a town called Tequila in Mexico. And it is known for making Tequila (surprise surprise!)… We spent a lovely afternoon there enjoying the eating establishments and the tasting shops. We had a nice lunch with a lovely view of the main church of the town. We enjoyed watching the numerous pigeons flying by.
We stayed at Hotel la Reinda Mission Tequellan that was in a great location. Unfortunately the wifi in the room was not very good so Richard had to spend his computer time in the lobby surrounded by Tequila! But no one offered him a sample…
We really enjoyed the Museo del Tequila which showed how tequila was made and the most significant brands in the area. We wondered if these barrels were still full!
We enjoyed our best margarita ever in Tequila so we must go back soon to try more brands…
We did more in New Mexico than just look for birds. We visited the Pecos National Historic Park, after leaving Las Vegas, in the hills before Santa Fe. The Pecos Indians created a pueblo of about 2,000 people that traded with the Apache to the east and Indian farmers to the west . In 1541 the Spanish arrived and it was not long after that that the Franciscan friars came. Of course what is left is mainly a Catholic church…
It was an interesting stop; a wonderful museum in the visitor center, a Ranger guided tour of the site and amazing adobe structures to explore.
We also stopped at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. We had thought we might see some birds but it really is for animals. We arrived on the day that they had an open house. It included many events including archery! They are trying to reintroduce the Gunnison’s prairie dog which is a primary food for the local hawks,,,
We had a nice walk through the park, enjoying the plants and landscape.