Pátzcuaro: Epiphany. Shepherds song presentation.
Epiphany, "danza de los viejitos" is presented.
Epiphany (is celebrated principally in Ichupio, a municipality of
Tzintzuntzan). For three days, the "kings" travel the
village delivering gifts. During this feast the visitors are feted
with doughnuts with honey and white "atole".
Fe de la Laguna: The Magi. Presentation of shepherds song
Epiphany. Festival to the child god with the "danza de los
viejitos" and "pastorelas" in the atrium of the church
and in the streets.
Pátzcuaro: Day of Saint Anthony abbot. Domestic animals and
birds are adorned with flowers and taken to be blessed.
Erongarícuaro: Day of "el Señor de la Misericordia"
1st to 7th -
Tzintzuntzan: "Señor del Rescate". Celebration
instituted by don Vasco de Quiroga. Pilgrimage, band music, dances,
sporting events, folk fair and presentation of the "danza del
Señor del Rescate".
Tócuaro: La Candelaria (presentation of the child Jesus in
the temple): The candles of the great candelabra are blessed, asked
to mitigate the calamities of life and implore the attendance of
the Mother of God in the critical moment of death.
- Pátzcuaro: Carnival. During three days (Sunday, Monday
and Tuesday) the "toritos" (little straw bulls) from each
neighborhood are passed through the streets, accompanied by oboe
music and ropes and characters such as "el apache", "el
caballito" (the little horse), "el caporal" (the
chief) and "las maringuías" (men dressed like woman).
14th - Pátzcuaro:
don Vasco de Quiroga (annual mourning): Cultural week. Handicraft
exposition, organ concert in the Basílica and traditional
Cuanajo: Crafts competition and folk fiesta.
Varies - Pátzcuaro:
Holy Week: The festivities begin on Tuesday (Mardi Gras) with the
re-enactment of several biblical passages. On Thursday, Friday and
Saturday the Way of the Cross is held and the procession of silence
with Mater Dolorosa images dating from the 16th to 19th centuries.
On occasion a Procession of the Christs is held that reunites almost
all the religious images from churches throughout the lacustrine
region. Sale of regional handicrafts.
- Cuanajo: Glory Saturday
Holy Week. The festivites begin on Holy Wednesday and end on Sunday.
The Way of the Cross is held and biblical re-enactments are presented.
The processions of Good Friday are especially authentic because
the participants are covered with cowls.
Holy Week. Processions and burning of Judas.
Clara del Cobre. Ash Wednesday, pilgrimages to Carácuaro.
Good Friday, procession and re-enactment of the buried saint.
3rd - Pátzcuaro:
Day of the "Santa Cruz" (holy cross). Veneration of one
of the crosses (green cross) that is believed to have been left
by Vasco de Quiroga. Procession, music with bands of the region.
Day of the "Santa Cruz" and change of church assignments.
Day of the "Santa Cruz".
- Zirahuén: Day of the "Santa Cruz".
Day of the "Santa Cruz".
Santa Fe de la Laguna: Day of San Juan Bautista. Fair, "danza
de los Moros" (dance of the Moors) and folk and classical music
Uruapan: Day of San Pedro (Saint Peter).
Pátzcuaro: Corpus Christi Thursday.
Corpus Christi Thursday.
- Tzintzuntzan: Corpus Christi Thursday.
Corpus Christi Thursday Cristi.
- Santa Fe de la Laguna: Corpus Christi Thursday.
Clara del Cobre: Corpus Christi Thursday.
- Quiroga: Day of "la Preciosa Sangre de Cristo" (the
precious blood of Christ). This is the most important celebration
of the area. Mass, procession, fireworks and dances that are repeated
throughout three days, during which the most important is the dance
of the Moors.
Janitzio: Day of Santiago Apóstol (Apostle James).
Day of Santiago Apóstol.
Day of Santiago Apóstol. Music with two local bands, exposition
and china competition.
Day of Santiago Apóstol. The Moors walk through the streets.
Music and dances, crafts exposition and other events. Food market.
2nd - Santa
Clara del Cobre: Pilgrimage of the artisans.
the 22nd - Santa Clara del Cobre: National copper fair. Artisans
competition of hammered copper; parade of allegorical floats dances,
bands and fair.
Santa Clara del Cobre: Day of Santa Clara de Asís.
Santa Clara del Cobre: Assumption of the Virgin and of the Virgin
of the Sacrarium, patroness of the town.
1st - Quiroga:
Don Vasco de Quiroga.
Cuanajo: Nativity of the Virgin. Tianguis (indigenous crafts fair),
music, dances and fireworks.
Nativity of the Virgin. Dance of the Moors.
- Uruapan: Feasts of "Señor de los Milagros". Celebrated
10 km. From Uruapan, in San Juan Nuevo.
Santa Fe de la Laguna: Day of the Christ of the exaltation. Procession.
Dances of blacks and moors.
16th - Pátzcuaro: Independence Day. Cry of Independence Ceremony
(this remembers the day in which the Mexican independence war was
started by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in Dolores, Hidalgo) held in
municipal palace. Popular fair, musical events, fireworks in the
main square. Parade on the 16th
Independence Day. Cry of Independence ceremony is held in palace
by the state government, popular verbena. On the 16th is held civic/military
parade, sale of crafts. and a firework cascade on the cathedral.
Pátzcuaro: Day of San Miguel Arcangel (Saint Michael archangel).
Janitzio: Birthday of Morelos. Dances and various festivities.
4th - Pátzcuaro:
Day of San Francisco de Asís (Saint Francis of Assisi). Dances
of Moors and soldiers. Fireworks.
Day of San Francisco de Asís. Dances of Moors and soldiers.
Day of San Francisco de Asís. Feast of Santo Patron (the
Holy Father). Dance of Moors and soldiers and Fireworks.
Janitzio: "Kuirsi-atakua", ceremonial hunting of ducks
in preparation for the night of death.
1st and 2nd
- Pátzcuaro: All Saints and "Dia de los Muertos".
Artisans market in the main square.
"Noche de Muertos" (Night of Death). In this place is
a special celebration to the remembrance of "tata" Cárdenas
-the name given in this region to General. Lazaro Cárdenas
because of his importance in the agrarian movement.
All Saints and "Noche de Muertos". Offering from homes
(flowers, candles, food) taken to the cemetery to be received by
the human souls of the deceased faithful.
All Saints and "Noche de Muertos".
All Saints and "Noche de Muertos". Dance competition and
All Saints and "Noche de Muertos". Vigil at tombs. Presentation
of "don Juan Tenorio" (A traditional theatrical play about
love and death).
Quiroga: Day of San Diego de Alcalá, its patron saint.
Tócuaro: Day of San Andrés. Patron saint of the area.
6th - Santa
Fe de la Laguna: feast of patron saint, San Nicolás de Bari.
Fireworks and dances.
Pátzcuaro: Day of Señora de la Salud. The most venerated
of the region. Presentation of dances, masquerades, handicrafts,
band, parade, bullfights and rodeos.
Capula: Day of the Virgen de Guadalupe. Dance of the "güares",
the 24th - Pátzcuaro: "posadas" (traditional "piñata"
parties related to Christmas) in anticipation of Christmas (This
remembers the re enactment of Mary and Joseph searching for lodging).
Posadas and "novenario" (nine days worship until Christmas).
Presentations in the atrium of the church.
the 26th - Quiroga: Chritmas. "Pastorelas" are presented
in the streets of the city.
Tócuaro: Christmas. "Posadas".
Christmas. "Pastorelas" are presented and there is music
accompanied by dances.