La Reseña: Let’s Dance among Stars
By Karen Ocampo
La Reseña takes place eight days before of one of the biggest city’s events, La Alborada (Dawn). La Reseña is a tradition that is carried out thanks to Comisión de las Fiestas Costumbres y Tradiciones (Commission of Parties, Customs, and Traditions).
The time to meet is 5pm, to leave at 6pm, bound for the Parroquia of San Miguel de Allende. Then a presentation of the different local dances starts, and the people can feel and enjoy the city’s celebration vibe.
On October 3 La Alborada will take place, starting at 2am, with lively band music and stars dancing to its rhythm. The meeting point is at San Miguel’s Parroquia, waiting till the clock strikes 4am for the start of a singular fireworks spectacle. The group of stars, dancers, and mojigangas emerges from three representative neighborhoods of the city, La Aurora, El Valle, and La Estación. The intention is to preserve the traditions among the youth.
The first Alborada took place on December 8, 1925, in the church of the Immaculate Conception. In September 1926, at the request of the priest of the parish of San Miguel Arcángel and the municipal government, La Alborada took place in the Parroquia.
The first La Alborada included 50 stars, among them the best ones: the comet, the sun, the eyes of Saint Lucia. The tradition of the stars comes from the “Nuestras Señora” spinning and weaving factory of Villa Hidalgo, the city of Hidalgo today, whose workers moved to La Aurora factory in this city.