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The Fiestas Have Begun



St. Michael the Archangel

María Rangel

Karina Itzel I

By Jesús Aguado

This past weekend’s Reseña (the review)a traditional procession where participants petition God via devotional acts to the Holy Cross, asking God to allow their celebration to pass without incident—marked the beginning of the annual celebrations to honor St Michael the Archangel: from here on in, small festivities will occur during the weekends, ending with the Grand Fiesta September 28–30.

Last weekend, also que queen from rural communities was elected—Karina Tapia from Atotonilco was the winner. Maria Rangel was chosen as Queen of Patriotic Celebrations and Regional Festivities. Both will be officially crowned during public events.

Each year at the Reseña, an ox is donated for the festivities, and the beast heads the Reseña procession. It is then taken to be fattened until the day of the Grand Fiesta, when its meat will feed all those invited.

This year, the ox behaved differently than usual during the Reseña: As usual, it was pulled through the streets by five men. However this year’s ox was uncooperative and unpredictable and caused quite the sensation to observers of the procession; it did not want to walk, but when it did, it did so with tremendous jumps.

The crowning of Itzel I will happen on Sunday, August 26 at 6pm at the Teatro Ángela Peralta and will feature a cultural program open to the general public. After the event at the theater, there will be live music in the Jardín.

The Queen of Patriotic Festivities will be crowned with similar pomp and circumstance on September 2.


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