We Love Mexican Toys

By Jade Arroyo

San Miguel de Allende is a place rich in traditions which are exposed to the eyes of the lucky ones who pass through here. The yearly calendar is populated with festivities and beautiful events, virtually forgotten or obsolete in the rest of the country.

Corpus Christi, the commemoration of Christ’s body was held recently. This celebration is accompanied by a miscellany of toys, to the delight of children, young and old. Each year, a fair of traditional Mexican toys is installed on the esplanade of the Plaza Civica. It is impossible to pass here without buying something or at least stopping to admire these witty gadgets. Among the favorites are the puppets with the faces of el Chavo del 8, table games like the lottery or Chinese checkers, papier mâché dolls, and spinning tops. Mexican traditional toys, some of them representative of pre-Columbian cultures, remain.  In fact, Mexico is the third country in the world in production of typical and regional toys.

The imagination does not need a computer screen in order to bloom. Sometimes is just so much more fun to ride on a papier mâché horse.

The fair will be open all weekend until Monday, June 13. In San Miguel we have a Mexican Folk Toy Museum. Be sure to visit it and be enthralled by this beautiful tradition.


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