Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The other day I was visiting with our neighbour kids when we created this improptu photo shoot. Little Ale has particularily won our hearts. The short wall surrounding her house is only about 2 metres from our front door and Ale is often the first person to greet us in the morning. Her sweetness is heart-melting! She is filled with insights which she freely shares, often along with a lick of the lolipop she almost always has in her mouth.
On the 12th of December all of Mexico celebrates the Virgen of Guadalupe -- Mexico's patron saint. The Virgen of Guadalupe's significance and importance here in Mexico cannot be understated. She is more than an icon -- she is much beloved as the indigenous Mary and protector of Mexico (to learn more about her, and the legend surrounding her, type her name into google).
Each year on the 12th of December, along with the thousands of feistas elsewhere in Mexico celebrating her day, there is a huge procession in Olinala that attracts thousands of pilgrims. However, there is also a smaller festival in Zacango's sister community of Las Juntas. Each year that we have been here we have gone with people from Zacango to Las Juntas. This year was special as it was our last Virgen of Guadalupe day in Las Juntas.
When we arrived in Las Juntas the community members welcomed each of us by sprinkling confetti on our heads. Ziko somehow got missed in the crowd and he was quite concerned about this so he went and sought out the confetti sprinkler and recieved his welcome.
I can't enough of this awesomely photogenic team -- Hizee and Chickee Poo! I can't stop posting pictures of these two!
Although she now lives in the backyard, we came home one night to find that Chickee Poo had snuck into the house and found a choice place to roast for the night!
Monday, December 27, 2010
For the last few weeks Hizee's classroom has been the evening meeting spot for all the neighbourhood kids. They have been transforming the room into a house and everyone has their role to fill in the house. They are incredibly industrious and play late into the evening until a the moms start calling kids home.
Complete with a live band, the dance to end the fiesta is a definite highlight for people. The dance is viewed as the opportunity to find your future spouse. In fact, people often ask Bruce and I how we ever met and got together because Bruce doesn't like to dance.