For over 40 years, traditionally the “Fiestas de los lunes del cerro” held in the Cd. Of Oaxaca, The Guelaguetza is an event in which all the people involved, regardless of social status.
The Guelaguetza, or Los lunes del cerro (Mondays on the Hill) is an annual indigenous cultural event in Mexico that takes place in the city of Oaxaca, capital of the state of Oaxaca, as well as in nearby villages. The celebration centers on traditional dancing in costume in groups, often gender-separated groups, as is traditional, and includes parades complete with indigenous walking bands, native food, and statewide artisanal crafts such as prehispanic-style textiles. Each costume (traje) and dance usually has a local indigenous historical and cultural meaning. Although the celebration is now an important tourist attraction, it also retains deep cultural importance for the peoples of the state and is important for the continuing survival of these cultures
Guelaguetza is a Zapotec word which denotes the act of participating cooperation; It is a free gift that carries no more obligation of reciprocity.
The Guelaguetza of the Lunes del Cerro is expressed in the offering to the City of Oaxaca that make representative groups of eight traditional regions:
- Los Valles Centrales
- La Sierra Juárez (Norte)
- La Cañada
- La Mixteca
- La Costa
- La Sierra Sur
- y el Istmo de Tehuantepec
The Guelaguetza will have the following dates
First Guelaguetza from 22 to 26 July 2016
Second Guelaguetza 29 to August 2, 2016.
Come and enjoy this celebration.
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