Time to Celebrate at Lake Chapala – Ajijic Part 2
September 14, 2012
Time to celebrate at Lake Chapala – Ajijic Part 2
If you enjoyed part 1, Buckle up and sit back for part 2 of "Time to celebrate at Lake Chapala – Ajijic".
You know, I celebrate each day that I live here. I celebrate the near perfect climate, my wonderful Mexican wife and her family which brings me even closer to Mexico, its traditions and yes it’s love of life, which the Mexicans are more than happy to share with everyone who will act as guests, and not as boorish visitors, which of course doesn't describe any of our club members.
Now, before I begin part 2 I should explain to those who may be reading or even just skimming this article thinking , “Sid, I’m not into celebrations and cultural awareness that much.” OK, I hear you, but you're missing a lot our area has to offer, but you know what, “You’re still very welcome to come down and just do your own thing."
You see, the Mexican people, while inclusive are not intrusive, and they let us be us without criticism. Perhaps you just want some peace and quiet and a laid back lifestyle without much in the way of parties and the like.
That’s OK. You can be as active or as inactive as you choose or somewhere in the middle where many of us are.
So, please don’t get the idea that if you’re not a partier and/or social butterfly that you will not be happy here. You will be!
OK, so with that discaimer out of the way. Let's get back to our story for both those who are just casual observers and for those who really want to get into the celebrations.
Saturday, Sept. 15 This day is full of contests and games and I hear that this year will include a gresed pole climbing contest and greased piglet chasing at the Ajijic Plaza.
The main event of the day will be the "Grito" or "Shout for Independence" which takes place all over Mexico at 11 p.m. reenacting the cry for Independence made by Father Hidalgo which is credited with starting the War for Independence.
There will be mariachis, dancing, fireworks, and fiery speeches and shouts of “Viva Mexico, Viva Mexico, Viva Mexico !”.
But the festivities are not over quite yet because on Sunday, September 16th Dia de Independencia is celebrated all day beginning at 8 a.m.with a Fishing Tournament at the Malecon (Waterfront). Then at 10 a.m. the traditional parade get’s underway.
The parades always feature drill teams, and drum and bugle corps from all the schools, floats, charros, soccer teams, and more.
The parade in Ajijic starts at Calles Revolucion and Constitucion, where it continues to 6 Esquinas (Six Corners) and doubles back to Calle Hidalgo and the plaza.
Celebrations on the Plaza continue throughout the afternoon.
Starting at 4PM is the Toro (bull/steer) riding and roping event at the Lienzo Charro not far away.
Later in the evening at 8 p.m. back on the plaza, the newly crowned Fiesta Queen and her court will promenade around while she and the onlookers throw flowers at each other with lots of laughter for all.
So, I hope to see you there. It will be lots of fun for everyone.
If you’re visiting here be aware that Monday , September 17th is a legal holiday and banks and government offices are closed so take that into account in your planning.
Click the blue link below to see a video I shot a few years ago of the Grito in Chapala Grito, Songs, and Fireworks.