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Preserving Tradition with the Interior Alfeñiques Competition

By Karla Ortiz

Every year, the Traditionalist Association Antonio Bustamante de Alfeñiques San Miguel carries out its traditional alfeñiques contest, rewarding the traditional and innovative in terms of creation techniques. This year the event was held in conjunction with the Festival de la Catrina, and more people participated and came to admire the work that artisans do with alfeñiques.

For the judges, there was no first place. The fact of having participated made them all winners because through this event, they have managed to preserve this tradition. The best way to continue to conserve them is to attend and buy this this association’s alfeñiques. However, the artists who preserved the tradition of making the alfeñiques and those who innovated these sugar figures were rewarded. The first to be mentioned was the figure of Patricia Luna, with her perfectly made giant hens, and the second was Amparo Bautista’s offering with its very fine details on the skull and tablecloth, which made a great impression on the judges. The third mention went to the atole with bread of the dead by Javier Luna, which, despite being a new design, impressed the judges with the technique and realism of this alfeñique. The fourth was the tomb made by Guadalupe Flores, in which she portrayed the tradition of carrying the deceased’s favorite food and objects, such as coca, sweets, and tamales. At the end of the event, the attendees enjoyed hot atole and sweet bread. It was a moment of closeness for them to preserve the tradition of this contest.


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