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Twins, Triplets, Quadruplets, Quintuplets, Sextuplets Coming to San Miguel

By Robin Loving Rowland

For the first time since its inception 17 years ago, the Encuentro Nacional de Nacimientos Multiples—or international encounter of multiple births, the celebration of twins, triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, and sextuplets—will happen in San Miguel on July 25. The fun will begin at 4pm, when the assembled look-alikes will take a group photo in Parque Juárez before proceeding to the Jardín at 5pm to hear twin group Guitarras Mágicas play music.

And just how do I, a gringa, happen to know of such a rare and interesting event? Doña Delia, owner of the Michoacana ice cream store on Aurora and Calzada de la Luz, invited me to come because her grown twin daughters will be participating. “Won’t that be an invasion of someone’s privacy?” I asked Tania Noriz, editor of Atención. “It will be fun,” she said. “Do a story on it!”

Every twin, triplet, quadruplet, quintuplet, and sextuplet in Latin America is invited to participate as a grand family in this unique event, and it is certain that Argentina, Mexico, and Spain will be represented. There will be singing and dancing as well as music-making and a raffle for registered participants. Dressing alike is encouraged, as is bringing donations of clothes, toys, candy, food, diapers, and such for DIF, the area governmental social service agency.

And just how does one describe twins, etc., in Spanish? Well, twins are gemelos, cuates, and mellizos. Triplets are trillizos. Quadruplets are cuatrillizos. Quintuplets are quintillizos. And sextuplets are sextillizos.

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