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Reseña Fiesta Kicks Off Fall Season of Holidays

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By Jesús Aguado

The Reseña—or “review”—of the fiesta to honor St Michael the Archangel marks the beginning of San Miguel’s busy September celebrations. This year, the event takes place August 18.

The procession that features banners, dancers, and saint statues, is headed by an ox. In the colonial era, according to chronicles, the animal was stolen from a hacienda a month prior to the party and fattened. On the day of the fiesta, it was sacrificed, cooked, and shared with those devotees attending to the entrance of the xúchiles (religious offerings).

Nowadays, the ox is donated by a benefactor, fattened, and sacrificed a day prior to the fiesta. On August 29, it feeds many of the dancers participating in the Reseña.

If the beast is wild and refuses to walk, it must be pulled by wranglers, often quite a spectacle, as the ox will often buck in protest.

The procession leaves from Calzada de la Estación at noon on August 18 and goes through: calles Canal, Portal Allende, the Jardín esplanade and the Portal Guadalupe, then through calles San Francisco, Núñez, and Insurgentes and Avenida Guadalupe.

 

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