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How to Honor Our Town’s Patron Saint

By Jesús Aguado

Keepers of San Miguel’s traditions recently gave an example of what the celebration to honor St. Michael the Archangel should be like. This year the Reseña (Review) took place on Sunday, August 14.

The procession that began in the Barrio de las Cuevitas aimed to ask for permits to have a festivity with pre-Columbian rituals and with devotion and tranquility, but without big incidents and trouble.

As in previous years, the procession was headed by an ox, a beast that would be fattened from Sunday until the day of the great festivity to be able to feed all the dancers and organizers. The toro—ox—was led by a donkey carrying offerings, including vegetables and other ingredients needed to cook the ox.

The procession-parade continued with the distinctive dancers from el Valle del Maíz and closed with giant puppets—mojigangas.

The permits will be requested at noon, this Sunday, August 21, at the rural community of El Puerto. The final festivity will be held this year on Friday, September 30; Saturday, October 1; and Sunday, October 2.


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