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The Fiesta of Our Patron Saint is Around the Corner

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By Jesús Aguado

Each year, keepers of San Miguel’s traditions give an demonstration of what a celebration to honor St Michael the Archangel should be like. This year, the Reseña, or “the Review,” takes place on Sunday, August 19, at noon.

The procession, featuring pre-Columbian rituals and acts of devotion, begins in the Barrio de las Cuevitas. It is a petition to God via the Holy Cross for a festivity without incident.

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

The procession continues with the distinctive dancers of el Valle del Maíz, and it closes with the giant, smiling puppets known as mojigangas.

The petitions to God will be made at noon on Sunday, August 26, at the rural community of El Puerto. The final festivity will be held this year on Friday–Saturday, October 2–4.

 

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