miércoles, 26 de febrero de 2014

La Fiesta de los Negritos (Fiesta of “The Little Dark Ones”) in Tócuaro

La Fiesta de los Negritos en Tócuaro coincides with the Día de la Calendaria (February 2).  This custom goes way back, and the community goes to great lengths to retain this tradition, which is based on generations upon generations.

Mexican culture traditions and customs in Tocuaro
Mexican culture traditions and customs in Tocuaro

Hotel Mansión Iturbe is proud to recommend this event – with its infinite originality, color, and texture – to all our guests.


Fetivities of Mexico that you can enjoy at Lake Pátzcuaro Region
Fetivities of Mexico that you can enjoy at Lake Pátzcuaro Region
Tócuaro is a mere 15 kilometers from Pátzcuaro (20 minutes away, on the way to Erongarícuaro).

While other communities traditionally celebrate this event in December, we can enjoy the celebration at the same time as Día dela Candelaria – “two for the price of one!”


Mexican Traditions that you can enjoy in Tocuaro on February 2nd
Mexican Traditions that you can enjoy in Tocuaro on February 2nd


Festivities in Tocuaro on February 2nd
The fiesta in Tócuaro typically takes place after mass at the church (6:00 p.m.).  The obligatory band appears, and then the children – cheerful and proud with their colorful outfits – arrive in their bucolic attires to perform their traditional dances.

 
Tocuaro celebrations during "Fiesta de los Negritos"

But even before mass is over, we hear the fireworks that herald the beginning of the festivities.

Typically, we see the pastoral actors in their traditional getups, but Tócuaro is noted for their distinctive, phantasmagorical “little devil” masks with protruding snakes or dragons (representing the devil), which are known as “little dark ones.”


Tocuaro Masks
Tocuaro Masks

Tócuaro is known for these masks made of wood, which take on a life of their own when worn as masks on humans!

Tocuaro Wooden Masks
Tocuaro Wooden Masks

The festival has its roots in the belief that these little demons were all around the Baby Jesus – until, of course, he was “presented” at church.”


Tocuaro Masks during Fiesta de los Negritos
Tocuaro Masks during Fiesta de los Negritos

The Fiesta goes on for several days, and is preceded by a “mask exhibition,” where the local artisans are able to display their wares.  There you will also find wood furniture and embroidery, all exemplary of Mexican folk art.

Video from Tocuaron celebrations during the Fiesta de los Negritos
 


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We also invite you to check more post in our blog, you will find information about Pátzcuaro and the surrounding area that can help you to plan your next trip to Pátzcuaro.

Here are some post that we suggest you to check:

Mexican Traditions: The Moors of Tejaro in Pátzcuaro

Archaeological Zone of Tzintzuntzan

Altars of Lady of Sadness during Holy Week in Patzcuaro – a Yearly Event


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