The Director of the Institute Cultura Mazatlan, Oscar Blancarte Pimentel, predicts that the 121st edition of the Mazatlan International Carnival will surprise everyone and is proof of that he shared some advances that we will enjoy from February 27 to March 5 in the paradisiacal port of Mazatlan.
During the great parade of the Mazatlan Carnival that takes place year after year along its beautiful boardwalk, 32 floats and 2 of the lesbian-gay community will be presented. In this year will have floats of Rigoberto Lewis, as well as illuminated cars by Jorge Osuna and designer ‘Ocean’ from Mexico City.
Is already working on the creation of 12 puppets that will adorn the Mazatlan seafront, Golden Zone and the lookout on Paseo del Centenario, promising to be different and very striking.
Already have defined who will be the artists that will make shine each one of the coronations of the Mazatlan Carnival 2019:
Queen of Carnival – Los Angeles Azules
Queen of the Floral Games – Emmanuel and Mijares
Queen Children – 90’s Pop Tour
These events will be completely free and only areas marked as VIP will have a special cost.
So you know, book your place with time and enjoy with us the Mazatlan International Carnival 2019 ‘Equinox: The Rebirth of the Senses’.
The Natural Park Mazatlan Lighthouse board together with municipal authorities of Mazatlan announced the launch of the free internet service and webcams 360° for all visitors to the ‘Cerro del Creston’, so your visit to the largest natural lighthouse in the world can be recorded and share it in real time with your friends and family.
Through the official webpage of the Mazatlan Lighthouse you can see in real time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, through three video-cameras the impressive 360 ° views that this natural beauty of Mazatlan will give you, so do not forget to share your experience and invites more people to make this healthy journey in family.
Each family chooses to build in their homes altars of 2, 3 and the traditional of 7 levels, which represent the levels that souls must go through to reach the place of their spiritual rest.
Each step of the altar should be covered with tablecloths, papel picado (perforated paper), mats of tule, etc. At the highest level the image of the saint of devotion of the family will be placed; the second is destined for the souls in purgatory, in the third do not forget to put the salt, a symbol of purification; In the fourth the bread, which is offered as food and consecration; at the fifth placed the seasonal fruit (tangerine, guava, orange, apple, tejocote) and the deceased’s favorite dishes; the sixth is intended to put the photographs of the deceased who dedicated the altar and finally in the seventh is placed the contact with the earth, which is represented by a cross formed by flowers, sedes or fruits.
Each element of the altar has its meaning and importance. For example, copal and incense are used for the purification of the soul and its aroma guide the deceased towards their offering. Through the candles the fire element is represented which has vital importance to light the way of souls. The water, fruit and the dishes serve to quench the thirst and hunger of the souls who are visiting us and so on. In this way the Altars of Dead receive a great importance within our traditions as they represent the connection between us and the world of the Dead.
Undoubtedly the tradition of the Day of the Dead is a great celebration in Mexico where each region and people permeates its distinctive, so we invite you to meet and celebrate with us to the dead, and keep our traditions alive.
The altars with their offerings are one of the most representative elements of the Celebration of the Day of the Dead. In some regions of our country the altars will be begin to shape from October 28, reaching its maximum splendour on November 2. In the course of these days the levels, the decoration and the offerings are placed.
Also the visit to the cemetery is rigorous, where the ritual of cleaning, fill them with flowers, put music and spend the day in it is a way of accompaniment to our deceased.
The celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico is a tradition that dates back to the pre-hispanic era where it honors and remembers all the souls that continued their journey in the world of the dead.
In that period, many Mesoamerican ethnic groups such as the Mexica believed that the souls could get to Mictlan, “place of the dead” they had to deal with and overcome a number of obstacles to achieve eternal rest. According to their beliefs, the Mictlan was divided according to the way to die. For example, in Tonatiuh Icha – house of the sun – they buried the warriors who died on the battlefield. In Cincalco – house of the god Tonacatecutli – they buried those who died being infants because being so young they were considered innocent.
But for souls to begin their journey to Mictlan, their living relatives had to accompany them with a series of rituals that with the arrival of the Spanish underwent certain changes merging the celebration of the god of the underworld of the pre-hispanic culture of Mexico with the Catholic festivity of Day of All Saints and All Souls, reinventing the process up to be conceived as we currently know it.
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Sinaloa through its Magic Towns of: El Rosario, El Fuerte, Cosala and Mocorito will be at the 5th edition of the National Fair of Magic Towns to be held from 11 to 14 October in the city of Morelia, Michoacan, which is one of the most important tourist events in Mexico that allows us the chance to show and disseminate the traditions and cultural richness that our country preserves in its Magic Towns.
During the National Fair of Magic Towns, each town and municipality will have the opportunity to exhibit their gastronomy, crafts, attractions, architecture and history that makes them unique and worthy of having this distinctive granted by the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico.