6th FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD “LIVING TRADITION” AT TLAQUEPAQUE

The celebrations for the traditional Day of the Dead are just around the corner, remedy for which the municipality of San Pedro Tlaquepaque in coordination with the Organizing Committee is preparing the celebration of the 6th Festival of the Dead “Living Tradition” which will take place from October 29 to November 2  through the main streets of the town.

They are about 100 cultural events from pre-Hispanic to contemporary with reference to death which will take place during this period in different settings, cure all with the same purpose, to rescue and preserve this ancient Mexican tradition.

With important offices and landmark buildings the municipality of San Pedro Tlaquepaque it is ready to house and provide services to both domestic and international visitors. El Refugio Cultural Center, the pedestrian Independence St., Hidalgo Garden, the exterior of City Hall and Plaza Forum Tlaquepaque, are some of the venues that will deck the holidays.

This Festival will be remembered as “Living Tradition” emerged as an agreement between the Municipal Government of San Pedro Tlaquepaque, private sector and civil society seeking to promote culture and Mexican traditions. Celebrate the dead and it is a tradition in this pottery town.

Within actvidades that are scheduled highlights like:

  • The Opennig Parade ,Oct.29th at 19hrs going on Hidalgo St.
  • Children Catrinas Exhibition, Oct.30th from 11-13hrs catrina-ninoon Hidalgo Garden (Tlaquepaque´s main Plaza)
  • Catrinas Parade, Nov. 1st at 19:30 hrs going on the San Pedro Patio at the Cultural Centre El Refugio
  • Catrinas Brides Procession, Nov. 2nd at 18hrs on Plazoleta del Arte.
  • Altar Exhibition during the festival on the main streets of town like Juarez, Independencia, Prisciliano Sanchez, Guillermo Prieto, Boulevard Marcelino Garcia Barragan,Plaza de la Comunicación and of course at The Cultural Centre El Refugio.

With this Mexican celebration will pay tribute to death, in addition to teaching children to live with it and do not fear, enjoying their customs and traditions and this Celebration will bring the Town a national and international tourism promotion, as well as significant economic benefit.

“Tlaquepaque is and should be, as it was in previous decades, the place forced to visit for those who come for one reason or another to the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque is a benchmark “.

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Mazamitla( the Mexican Switzerland)

Mazamitla is another “ Pueblo Magico” of the state of Jalisco, cure located 77 miles south of Guadalajara, this town is situated in the middle of a mountain range , the name of Mazamitla comes from the indigenous pre-Columbian language Nahuatl that means “place where arrows are made for hunting deer”. The town´s principal characteristics are the stone paved streets, the tile roofed houses , whitewashed walls and wood doors, the panoramic view from the Sierra del Tigre is a unique and amazing site.

The peaceful forests, its small village charm and the typical food to be enjoyed make Mazamitla a special special alpine retreat popular with folks from Guadalajara that want to escape for the weekend , the wood cabins are the principal tourist attraction, that´s why Mazamitla is well known as the “Suiza Mexicana” (the Mexican Switzerland ), the landscape is ideal for extreme sports like paragliding, 4×4 vehicles, biking, trekking, horse riding or simply a walking tour around the Plaza and a visit to San Cristobal Church the patron saint of Mazamitla, or you may go to the municipal park La Zanja or visit a delightful garden located outside of town along a creek with a rustic kiosk called “Jardin Encantado”, tiger hill, the waterfall El Salto, to mention some of the local attractions .

The Principal festivals in Mazamitla are

  • The town´s foundation on March 27th-30th
  • Bullfighting festival February 14th – 24th
  • The San Cristobal celebration (the saint patron of Mazamitla) the second week of July
  • The Flowers festival every weekend of October plants and flowers for the area are cultivated all year to be sold in October .

Mazamitla´s typical food and desserts

  • Bote (soup made with vegetables, beef, chicken and with a touch “pulque” – an alcoholic prehispanic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey plant. It is traditional to central Mexico-
  • Pacholas (ground beef further ground on a stone “metate” with spices like chile ancho, cinnamon, clove, oregano, bread and milk, they make like little tortillas and fry it, may be served with rice, beans and potatoes puree ,guacamole and tortillas).
  • Trifajitas (fajitas made of chicken, beef and shrimp).
  • Liquors and fruits punch like blueberry, plum or capulin.
  • Caramel sauce, rompope (a sweet liquor ) , fruta en conserva (homemade canned fruits), jam and chongos ( made of curdled milk, with rennet tablets, milk, sugar and cinnamon) The result is a soft cheese-like consistency preserved in a special sugar syrup .
  • Dairy products like queso seco, Cotija and adobera.

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TlaquepArte 2016

A few minutes’ walk from Casa de las Flores B&B you can enjoy one of the many events held in our area known for crafts and folk art TlaquepArte.

Every year since 1997 the Refugio Cultural Centre hosts TlaquepArte, sick “The Latin American exposition specializing in jewelry, gifts and decorations” which according to the sponsors is the most important of Mexico, this year TlaquepArte will start from October 13th to 17th from 10 – 20 hours, more than 200 exhibitors take part in this show, from 25 states of México and 15 other Countries like Colombia, India, Russia, Brazil, Turkey, Senegal, Indonesia, Peru to mention a few.

TlaquepArte is organized by the “Latin American Association for the Development of Folklore and Handcraft” who’s goal is to promote local handcraft, jewelry and ornamental items made by Mexican and international artisans, TlaquepArte goes to different Mexican cities like Monterrey, Juarez City, Chihuahua, Veracruz, Culiacan, León, México City, Hermosillo and San Antonio, Texas in USA.

Go to their website www.tlaqueparte.com for more information.

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Tapalpa “Pueblo Mágico”

Tapalpa is one  of the 7 “Pueblos Mágicos” of the state of Jalisco, sovaldi sale and it is located in the heart of the Sierra Madre Occidental,82 mi southwest of Guadalajara. The word Tapalpa comes from the Nahuatl pre-Columbian language and means “colored earth”, the name given because of the color of the earth in that region an iron red color . The turquoise sky, the green of the forest and the red earth of Tapalpa create a fabulous landscape. Thanks to its more mountainous and alpine location Tapalpa is the ideal place for extreme sports like climbing, rappelling, trekking, zip-lining and paintball,canoeing, camping, etc.

You should visit:

  • San Antonio Church,built on the XVII century by Franciscan friar, it is known as “Templo Viejo” (old Church),considered the most important and where now you can also enjoy a small museum of sacred art.
  • The Virgen de Guadalupe Church and known by the local people as “Templo Nuevo” (New Church) because it was built aside the old church as replacement of this one. Both Churches located on Main Square of Tapalpa.
  • Casa del Artesano( artists guild).
  • Ekopark (6 mi to Tapala
    pa´s centre where you may practice extreme sports for more information visit the website www.ekopark.com.mx).
  • Las Piedrotas (a group of colossal stone geological formations surrounded by meadows).
  • Nogal Dam (Just 5 mi to Tapalpa, at the dam you can saw people sport fishing: you can go after lobina and trout. You can also go canoeing, camping, and swimming there).
  • Salto del Nogal Waterfall (Measuring 105 meters tall, it’s located 10 kilometers from Tapalpa. To get there you’ll have to walk around 40 minutes from where you’ll leave your car or get dropped off).

After the day’s activities when you start feeling tired and kind of hungry the best option is visit one of the traditional fondas in town and order as an appetizer the traditional “Frijoles charros” (beans cooked with chorizo and cilantro), then you have to ask for the area’s most traditional dish : “Borrego al pastor” (roasted seasoned mutton )accompanied by freshly handmade tortillas and a cool beverage like “ponche de granada” (pomegranate punch), Tapalpa’s most characteristic beverage. When night is coming and it´s getting chilly relax in an equipal and order a hot chocolate accompanied by an acelga tamale but if you are still cool in this higher elevation and you really want to warm up a bit more order a “Banderita” (tequila, lime and salt).

If you decided to spend the night in Tapalpa there are different Inn options like porcamping places, small hotels, cabins (there are for 2 to 12 guests). Something for everyone .

Before leaving Tapalpa do not forget to buy traditional local ´products to take with you like rompope de nuez (a sweet liquor) , fruta en conserva (homemade canned fruits) or borrachitos de leche (a sweet with just a touch of tequila ).


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Tequila “Pueblo Magico”

The title of “Pueblo Magico” is a special designation given by the Mexican federal government to places with attributes, click stories, sales legends , history that is deemed unique or “Magic” . It is a great touristic opportunity for town that receive this unique title . To receive the title of pueblo magico may take many years and the community that is applying for the title must come up with funds for basic standards in building treatment , unique products of interest for sale to visitors.

The Pueblos Magicos in our State of Jalisco are:

1.Tequila
2.Tapalpa
3.Mazamitla
4.San Sebastián del Oeste
5.Lagos de Moreno
6.Mascota
7.Talpa de Allende

All of these destinations are close to Casa de las Flores for day tips . Tequila is about an hour and a half and a lovely day trip to enjoy countryside and of course Tequila and its many famous distilleries

TEQUILA

Tequila is a Pueblo magico a small town in Jalisco, Mexico and it´s located about an hour and a half from Guadalajara City on the highway Tepic Nogales-Puerto Vallarta, and has a population of 50,000 residents approximately. The word “Tequila” comes from the Nahuatl and means “place of tributes” and is also where they produce the most significant and representative Mexican liquor “Tequila”.

The indigenous people that originally lived in this area were chichimecas and Otomís but the town and its current name was formally established by Franciscan Monks in 1530, and the complete name was “Santiago de Tequila”.

Besides being designated as a Pueblo magico Since 2006 the town of Tequila was named by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage site of Humanity because of: the agave landscape and the antique Tequila industries. Actually the distilleries like Sauza and Cuervo, offer tours of their distilleries, where you can watch the Tequila process, you can go to the fields and see the agaves harvested and of course have a sample of Tequila, .

Do not forget to visit the Church de la Purisima, the Chapel del Calvario, The City Hall (where you may find an interesting painting, from a local artist which describes how the tequila come into being from a lightning bolt that struck right on an agave plant) and of course the National Museum of the Tequila, where you learn the history of these iconic drink , that through the years has become synonymous beverage of Mexico and now famous around the world.

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6° Expo Tequila Tlaquepaque

Once again like every year our majestic “Cultural Centre El Refugio” hosts the 6° Expo Tequila Tlaquepaque, purchase going on September 2nd, generic 3rd and 4th. A expo full of life, party a

nd color all around Tequila (our emblematic elixir in Jalisco), 50 Tequila industries and more than 150 Tequila brands take part of this Expo, come with your family to know more about the Tequila history and process, get direct from the distillery one bottle of Tequila, buy all kind of products involved in this industry,take part of the samples, wine-pairings, enjoy the cultural events, folkloric dances, banda, singers, the traditional Mariachi night and much more.

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Things to do on Sunday in Guadalajara.

Flea market “tianguis” in Tonala

Since pre–hispanic times the Thursdays “tianguis” was the point of meeting in the Tonala Plaza. Indians from different places in the Atemajac Village exchanged and sold goods produce , for sale ceramics and anything else that might be of use in a household or daily life. When the Spanish conquers arrived they continue with this tradition but they added the Sunday (Lord’s day) as a market day “trueque” is a Spanish word for exchange. Around 3, cialis 500 to 4,000 vendors take part in this Sunday and Thursday tianguis “market “ which takes place on the main streets of Tonala like Tonaltecas Ave. and Tonala Avenue. In this “tianguis” you will find Mexican handcraft, Mexican food, furniture and many other crafts, jewelry and decorations .

Thursdays and Sundays (9am-5pm), Tonaltecas Ave. Tonala, Jalisco.

“Trocadero” flea market

It is also known as “antiques flea market” where you may find and get decorative and collectable art objects, antique books , doors and about anything vendors decide to bring to sell where the past become present tianguis El Trocadero and where you may touch history and find treasures.

México Ave. # s/n (Sunday 9:00 a 17:00 hrs.);Guadalajara, Jalisco; Between Américas Ave. and Chapultepec Ave.

Charreada

La “charreria” was originated in Mexican Haciendas were the hacienda hands of the ranch competed to show their riding and roping abilities. After the Mexican Revolution and the Hacienda´s dissolution, the “charreria” become a sport with formal competitions called “charreadas”.

To enjoy this cultural event be part of a “charreada” during your visit to Guadalajara . During the competition there may be nine different events called “suertes” plus one more event for horsewomen called “escaramuzas”. The complete competition could last a few hours so buy a cold drink and some snacks that are sold at the rodeo, and be surprised by the competitors abilities, speed and courage. Beside the competition “la charreada” is a festivity that involve music and food .

Held most every Sunday at 12 (noon); Lienzo Charros de Jalisco (Parque Agua Azul); Av. Dr. R. Michel #577; Between González Gallo Ave. and Héroes Ferrocarrileros St.

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ENART TLAQUEPAQUE 2016 (National Exhibition Giftware and Craft Mexican Decoration)

Welcome to August and to  ENART (National Exhibition Giftware and Craft Mexican  Decoration) and to the thousands of visitor, buy exhibitor and buyers from all around the world taking part in this biannual  exhibition (from August 16th – 20th ).

ENART started 25 years ago as a dream of some of  Tlaquepaque’s entrepreneurs and actually is one of the most important events in town, ed going on twice a  year, in February and  in August and  today Enart  has more than 200 exhibitors from all across  México.

This exposition takes place in the majestic Cultural Center “El Refugio”, this building was built in the 19th  century as a convent but today is used as a civic  center , home to the National Ceramics Museum and hosts various events  and shows like ENART.

At Enart  buyers will find  a wide variety  of more than 40 different categories of products  from artisans from all across  Mexico such as   clay, ceramic, leather, copper, jewelry, sculpture, furniture,  glass , metal work etc.

“El Galardon Enart” is an award for the best  piece of the show of  each year’s event, ranging from  traditional to contemporary, this prize is given to the artisan taking part in the exhibition .

We invite you to visit  the  ENART official site for more information http://www.enart.com.mx/en/home-conference/

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Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charreria

 

This traditional celebration was originated on 1994, view 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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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, diagnosis 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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