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.