Sunday, November 01, 2009

Halloween

Last night we went into town to see what was happening for Halloween. The Jardin was full when we arrived and when we left about two and a half hours later people were still streaming in. There was a stage set up for a musical performance.

A wedding was going on in the Parroquia. It was a big wedding. There were fireworks, a bride and groom mojigangas dancing to the music of a ranchero band and an antique carriage pulled by a white horse was waiting to whisk the bride and groom off to the wedding party at the Instituto.

Young people, some in costume and some not, were well on their way to partying the night away. Families with the children dressed in costumes. A catrin and catrina procession around the Jardin. Police on horseback in their colonial costumes. Lots of people just sitting in the Jardin to watch what was happening. Most of the people were Mexicans but a few gringos ventured out to participate and to photograph what was happening.

We walked around for a while just soaking up the atmosphere and handing out a few dulces to little pumpkins and ghosts. One of the things that we noticed that was different this year than two years ago when we were here for Halloween is that most of the children in costumes were with parents and they were not asking for a "treat" but accepted one if you offered it.

We headed for one of our favorite places for Halloween....the bar at the Posada San Francisco. We always get the table right in front of the door so we can keep and eye on the street. A little something to drink and a little guacamole and we settled back to wait for ghostly visitors. And sure enough they showed up.







7 comments:

Sam and Bob said...

Thanks for sharing. I wasn't sure they celebrated Halloween as we do in the states.

el jubilado said...

No egging ??

I had my candy ready for Trick-or-Treat but went downtown (Jocotepec) and the streets were covered with egg shells and some yellow gooo. Heard the teenagers had a time of it

Babs said...

This is something NEW. When I came 8 years ago there was nary a child in costume and the word Halloween was not even uttered. Very interesting........

Isla Deb said...

Priceless photos.

jennifer rose said...

Halloween's been well and alive in Morelia for at least the past 30 years. Late this afternoon, at the neighborhood panteon, while families were tidying up graves, snacking and chatting about, more than a few young children wandered around in full Halloween costume.

The trick-or-treaters were out in my part of town last night, and a handful just rang the bell for a second round tonight.

Chrissy y Keith said...

Interesting, cute and sad that Halloween is making its way into Mexico. However it does blend nicely with the Day of the Dead Celebration.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Hola! thanks for visiting our blog in Alamos. Your pictures are terrific!. Of course, we have Halloween here as well,children don't come out our way, but there are many, many fiestas. Last week a pinata truck came through town and when we walked on Halloween afternoon, we saw lots of those hanging in garages, waiting to be broken later that night. LL