Published On: Tue, Mar 25th, 2014

La Guelaguetza: a little piece of Oaxaca in Downtown Merida

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The Guelaguetza is an annual indigenous cultural event in Mexico that takes place in the city of Oaxaca, capital of the state of Oaxaca, as well as in nearby villages. The celebration centers on traditional dancing in costume in groups, often gender-separated groups, as is traditional, and includes parades complete with indigenous walking bands, native food, and statewide artisanal crafts such as prehispanic-style textiles.

Each costume (traje típico) and dance usually has a local indigenous historical and cultural meaning. Although the celebration is now an important tourist attraction, it also retains deep cultural importance for the people of the state and is trascendental for the preservation and continuing survival of these cultures.

Master Alberto Vazquez at Press Conference

Master Alberto Vazquez at Press Conference

For the twelve time, the “Oaxaca Cultural Group: Art, Celebration and Tradition” (Grupo Cultural Oaxaca Arte, Fiesta y Tradición)
brings joy and color to the Parque de la Paz in the heart of City of Mérida, Yucatán, featuring dance, music, gastronomy, arts & crafts, alternative medicine, textiles and much more.

 

Diana Velazco Leyva

Diana Velazco Leyva at Press Conference

In a Press Conference, Alberto Vázquez Sánchez Oaxacan Master Artisan and Organizer of this event, stated that this celebration is the evidence of the great brotherhood that exists between the states of Yucatán and Oaxaca.

Tipical Clothing

Tipical Clothing

Vázquez Sánchez highlighted the importance of other celebrations that take place in the beautiful state of Oaxaca, such as the “Tlayuda Week”, the “Alebrije Fair” or the “Day of the Dead Holidays” which has been declared as Cultural Patrimony of Mankind by UNESCO.

Oaxacan Beauty

Oaxacan Beauty

Oaxacan Gastronomy

Oaxacan Gastronomy

He concluded his speech saying that: “Every space dedicated to Cultural Activities, is taken away from crime and violence“.

Guelaguetza at Parque de la Paz

Guelaguetza at Parque de la Paz

The schedule for the Guelaguetza Celebrations this week is the following:

  • Wednesday March 26th, 7 pm: Fandangos and Polkas from Tehuantepec. Danzón Exhibition.
  • Thursday March 27th, 7 pm: Folkloric Clothing Exhibition by 3 Oaxacan designers.
  • Friday March 28th, 7 pm:       Music, Dance and Chants from Oaxaca.
  • Saturday March 29th, 7 pm: Musician Tony Espinoza, and Danzón Exhibition
  • Sunday March 30th, 7 pm:    MARIMBA CONCERT (Wood that sings with woman’s voice)
  • Monday March 31st 7 pm:     Tehuantepec and Juchitán ( Zapotec chants)
  • Tuesday, April 1st, 7 pm:       Oaxacan composers musical history and gastronomy event.
  • Wednesday April 2nd, 7 pm: México Lindo y Querido Singing, Marimba and Dancing Exhibition.
  • Thursday April 3rd, 7 pm:   Art Conference by Master Artisan Alberto Vázquez Sánchez. Dance Exhibition.
  • Friday April 4th, 7 pm:           Dance to the rythm of Danzón, cumbia, chilenas, sones, and tropical music
  • Saturday April 5th, 7 pm:     Oaxaca Traditional Music, GUELAGUETZA the 8 regions of Oaxaca Event
  • Sunday April 6th, 7 pm:        GUELAGUETZA 8 regions of Oaxaca Event (Closing Ceremony).

Photos and video by Raul Ponce de León

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