December 12th is a big day in our town. It’s a big day all over Mexico. The streets fill with people, businesses close, carnival rides are erected and thousands of devotees make their way by foot (many barefoot) from the surrounding communities to a hilltop iglesia in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Between the bombas (fireworks), the never-ending church bells, the food carts, the huge families, the processions of jogging pilgrims and the crazy, celebratory vibe, this day exemplifies the one thing I love most about Mexican culture: street life.
We’re all eager to get back to the festivities and the bombas are more than a little distracting, so I’m keeping it brief. Here’s a taste of what’s happening in the streets, though I wish you could taste the pastor tacos and fried plantains!
But of course there is a Sponge Bob! Thanks for the great pics. I would love to visit there someday!
Your photos do a great job of capturing the day. I must admit, after 13 days of increasing gaiety and celebration that I am enjoying a silent morning now that the fiesta is over. But I do love the sight, sounds, and colors of life here.
Considering that you’ve had people camped on your stoop for two weeks and that you are practically living next door to the church, I can’t say I blame you!! 🙂
AMAZING photos! I love it! I want to go see this next year. And the sponge bob pinata was great…he’s big in the middle east, too. thanks for sharing. as always.