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HOLIDAYS & FIESTAS

The Gringo Day Fiesta of La Manzanilla: La Fiesta de Toro usually the first weekend in February. Bull riding, parades, food, and kids activities. The foreign community sponsors one day of this event to show their appreciation of their Mexican neighbors. It’s a four day event and each day is sponsored by a different group or business. Originally it was to celebrate the Ejido. Ejidos were created in the Lazaro Cardenas administration (1934-1940) to redistribute land to the peasant farmers who worked the land.

Semana Santa: Easter holy week. A major holiday throughout Mexico. Accommodations may be limited. The holiday usually falls at the end of March or early April.

Fiesta for patron saint is August 6-August 18.

Revolution Day! On November 20, Mexico celebrates the anniversary of its Revolution. On this date, in the year 1910 the war to overthrow the dictator Porfirio Díaz, began. La Manzanilla celebrates by hosting a parade in the morning, all the school kids dress in period clothing and parade from the elementary school to the jardin. The Saturday following the 20th the town hosts a Mexican night and the jardin is filled with eateries and dancing.

Virgin of Guadalupe- first 12 days in December. Parades in the evening along the main street through town to the church, starting around 6:30. Participants, women and children, are dressed in traditional clothing. The Virgin of Guadalupe has symbolized the Mexican nation since Mexico’s War of Independence. Rebel armies waged war underneath Guadalupan flags, and Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is generally recognized as a symbol of all Catholic Mexicans. For more check Wikipedia