Sunday, October 18, 2009
A few weeks ago Olinala had their annual fiesta in honour of St. Francis. If there is anything that we have learnt after living in Mexico for a year it’s that fiestas and the “art” of fiesta-ing are EXTREMELY important here! At any given moment you can be assured that somewhere in Mexico a fiesta is happening – that some community somewhere is celebrating their patron Saint. The amount of time, organization, energy and money that goes into creating, and taking part in, a fiesta is nothing short of astounding! While people here are able to celebrate for days with what seems like, to us, an endless supply of energy we are usually tired after a measly two hours. So when the guys in Zacango asked Bruce if he’d like to go to a hillside two hours away to collect flowers with them to make decorations for Olinala’s festival (apparently the flower collecting for this event falls to the men – perfect job for Bruce) with the departure time of 4 am we were not surprised! The decorations that emerged are pictured below and are utterly spectacular!