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La Reseña the Opening to an Upcoming Month of Public Celebrations

By Jesús Aguado

Annually, the Reseña—the Review[MA1] —of the fiesta to honor St Michael the Archangel heralds the beginning of the city’s traditional September celebrations. This year’s procession of banners, dancers, and saint statues will take place on August 18.

The parade [MA2] is always headed by an ox pulled by several rangers. In the colonial era, according to chronicles of the city’s history, the animal would be stolen from an area hacienda a month prior to the event, fattened, and then—on the day of the fiesta—sacrificed, cooked in several ways, and shared with devotees in charge of attending to the entrance of the xúchiles, or traditional religious offerings, sacrificed a day prior to the fiesta, according to tradition. On August 29, it still feeds devotees.

The procession is often an unpredictable spectacle, since the ox leading it is typically wild and uncooperative, refusing to walk docilely along the procession route; when that happens, it must be pulled forcibly, and it often bucks and jumps.

The procession leaves from Calzada de la Estación at noon and will move along onto calles Canal, then Portal Allende, through the Jardín’s esplanade and along Portal Guadalupe toward calle San Francisco, then Núñez, Insurgentes, and Avenida Guadalupe.

[MA1]I’m wondering if a better word here would be “Preview,” since this event comes before the fiesta de San Miguel Arcángel?

[MA2]Would it perhaps be good to explain why there is a reseña of an event that will take place again in the end of September? What’s the purpose of it?


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