Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charreria

 

This traditional celebration was originated on 1994,it has been more popular around the world, even more that the Mariachi has been named “Human immaterial Heritage” by the UNESCO.Every year we got the best mariachis from all the world, like: el Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mariachi de America, Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán 

Swiss, Peru, Equator, Colombia, Australia, Aruba, Costa Rica, Canada and USA.

We have our traditional big Sunday parade on the last Sunday of August at 10am as an opening for this celebration and goes on the principal Guadalajara avenues.

One of the highlights during “El Encuentro” is without a doubt, the “Pabellon Cultural” that goes on one of the most emblematic public plaza in our city “Plaza de la liberación”. Dance, folklore and music will surround this public space during 9 days, with more than 70 free shows presented to more than 100,000 people taking part during this celebration.

“Las Galas del Mariachi”, the most representative from El Encuentro are presented in the majestic Teatro Degollado (Degollado Theater) in our city. During “Las Galas”you may enjoy the best mariachis from all the world accompany for the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco, creating during each

Gala a unique fusion between the traditional Mexican music with the classical sounds of an philharmonic orchestra for the participants delight.

We invite you to visit the oficial website where you will be able to find the complete program for the celebration. http://www.mariachi-jalisco.com.mx

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Santos Degollado # 175
Tlaquepaque, Jalisco
Mexico C.P. 45500

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Sitio Arqueológico Los Guachimontones/ Archeological Site of Los Guachimontoneses

The discovery of circular structures named guachimontones in the West part of the Country has caused great admiration and created a new scope and expectation towards the outlook and research of one of the first civilizations in the whole of Mesoamerica. The archeological site of “Los Guachimontones” seems to be the parting point of this forgotten link in Western Mexican cultures. Each rock, stone and building still carries magic within, after having been built over two thousand years. Its architectural richness and the beauty of the surrounging landscapes converge in time and space in order to show us it´s greatnes.

In general terms, the Teuchitlan tradition represents one of the firts settlement systems with a civilized lifestyle, in Western Mesoamerica. Its beginnings possibly date back to the year 1000 b.c. Towards the first century of the Christian era it obteined a complex social structure and organization, featured during this initial phase by the creation of many shaft tomb.

The archeological site is found in midst of the central valleys of the State of Jalisco and is surronded by the mountains and hills of the Sierra Ameca, framed within the volcano of Tequila. During the prehispanic era, the region was rich in lakes and lagoons, where human settlements where established.The richness of this region regarding its water, offered an important source of aquatic resources, as well as a means of transportation through the uses of canoes,which in turn provided communication among the different communities of the region. Having such great extensions of water prompted the developmnt and use of irrigation systems for farming purposes within the beaches of the lakes.The use of “chinampas” is a clear example of this.

No one knows who named this place “Los Guachimontones”; although it was already known in the 19th century as “Los Huachimontones”. According to Dr. Weigand, the word seems to come from the root in Nahuatl Huaxe (calabash), and the word from Spanish montón (great amount,bunch), therefore it could be translated as bunch of calabash,since these are abundant within the site specially over the altar of circle number 1, where a great number of them may be found.

To get to the site:

The archeological site of Los Guachimontones is within the Municipality of Teuchitlan, Jalisco (60 km to the west of the city of Guadalajara). We find the site one kilometer and a half from the town´s Main Square. It is located on the south slopes of the volcano of Tequila, within the physiographical zone known as Region Valles.

Before climbing to the archeological site it is recomendable to first visit the “Casa de la Cultura of Teuchitlan”, which is a small museum that exhibit a collection of archeological pieces. It is also possible to watch a documentary in the auditorium regardong the research done within the site (the video lasts approximately 30 minutes).The tour within the site lasts approximately and hour.

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Casa de las Flores
Santos Degollado # 175
Tlaquepaque, Jalisco
Mexico C.P. 45500
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from the U.S.A.
and Canada (desde U.S.A. y Canada)

toll free 1 – 888- 582-4896
011-52-33-3659-3186

The time in Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque is
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Tastoanes “Festividad Indigena que continua”/Tastoanes “Indigenous Festival that continues to this day”

La palabra “Tastoan” viene de la voz náhuatl “Tlatoani” que significa “Los Señores”,”Los que tienen la autoridad de mandar”,”Señores de siervos”,”Señor soberano” La danza de los Tastoanes es lo que hace único este festival tan tradicional en Tonalá además de su vestimenta.

Los pueblos de Mezquitán, Jocotán, Santa Cruz de las huertas, San Andrés, Huentitán y Tonalá, son los sitios en los que se realiza la ya tradicional danza de los Tastoanes, la cual también recibe el nombre de Moros y Cristianos.

Esta danza se origina en la época de la Colonia y representa la derrota de los indígenas chimalhuacanos y su integración a la Iglesia Católica.

Las Fiestas inician con un novenario que termina el 25 de Julio, día que se festeja al ahora patrono religioso del pueblo, Santo Santiago, durante estos dias se celebrán peregrinaciones con bandas de música, juegos pirotécnicos y culminando el día 25  con la danza de losTastoanes. Esta danza es una danza que se ha transmitido de generación en generación.

La mascara de un Tastoan es el elemento principal en la vestimenta del danzante y son elaboradas por los propios danzantes o por artesanos del municipio usando materiales como el barro y piel en sus diferentes terminados.

De acuerdo con la tradición deben tener representaciones de víboras, lagartijas, alacranes, o algun animal del cerro de la Reyna (arriba de Tonala) donde recientemente esta una Santuario Católico y anteriormente fue un lugar sagrado Pre-colombino, el rostro de los danzantes es cubierto por la mascara y el resto de la cabeza queda cubierta por una peluca larga y gruesa hecha de cola de caballos o vacas.

Las mascaras así como el resto de la vestimenta sirven tambien de protección mientras se reecrea una violenta batalla entre Santo Santiago y los Tastoanes paganos. Los participantes o  tastoanes llevan unas pequeñas varas hechas de ramas de árboles. Los participantes son jovenes del pueblo y la ceremomia es algo asi como un rito de iniciación.

The word “Tastoan” comes from the indigenous language Nahuatl that means “Lords of servants”. The dance of the Tastoanes is the highlight of this unique celebration in Tonala. And one of the most striking features of the event are the wonderfully bizarre masks that each of the dancers makes for himself, a closely guarded secret.

The towns that celebrate this fiesta and the dance of Tastoanes are local municipalities Mezquitán, Jocotán, Santa Cruz de las huertas, San Andrés, Huentitán and of course Tonalá, this dance is also called “Moros y Cristianos” moors and Christians
This dance originated in the Colonial period and represents the indigenous Chimalhuacanos defeat and becoming members of the catholic church.

The festivities start with a rosary every evening “el novenario” lasts nine days and ends on July 25th, the day that they celebrate the patron saint of the town, Saint James, during these days the celebrations include pilgrimages, Banda music, fireworks and the final day July 25th they have the Tastoanes dance.
This dance has been passed down from generation to generation.

The Tastoan mask is the principal element in their costume for the dance and are made by the dancers themselves or artisans from the town using materials such as clay and leather. According to the tradition the masks must have serpents, scorpions, lizards or animals that live on the hill above Tonala where currently a catholic shrine is located and previously a pre-Columbian sacred place, the face is cover by the mask and the rest of the dancers head is covered by a thick long wig made of cow or horse tails. The Masks and the wigs as well as the rest of the costume the dancers wear also act as a protection as the event reenacts a violent battle between Saint James and the pagan Tastoanes. The festival performers or Tastoanes have small switches made of tree branches. The participants are young men of the villages and the ceremony is also a kind of a rite of passage.

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Casa de las Flores
Santos Degollado # 175
Tlaquepaque, Jalisco
Mexico C.P. 45500

Telephone

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and Canada

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Pan American games in full swing

 The Pan American games are still in full swing and the expo is dedicated to be the home for the international press for the games . Mexico has won a number of gold medals and the city has been wonderfully organized to receive people from around the world to enjoy and to participate in the games . There are still many days to go for the games which will end October 31st . And then then the expo will be open for its next event .

September 14 to 17 ,2011 Anesthesiologist meeting

the Mexican federation of Anesthesiologists Meet September 14th to the 17th at Expo Guadalajara . Newly published papers , talks and other advancements in the field of Anesthesiology will be presented .

  there web page to find out more information about the event and the association of Mexican Anesthesiologists I believe it is only in spanish .www.fmca.org.mx  . As always Casa de las flores B and B is trying to assist our visitors if I can be of any assistance personally you can call free from canada and the united states by dialing

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