Celebrating Death as Mexicans / Celebrando a la Muerte como Mexicanos

Mexico is about to celebrate the Day of the Dead, once again, as it has been done since before Christopher Columbus arrived in our lands. And Puerto Vallarta is no exception. Puerto Vallarta´s Tourism Office announced that there will be a whole series of events around this celebration; from gastronomic events to emblematic representations of the Day of the Dead in different public spaces.

The malecon amphitheater will have musical and folk events that will be the ideal pretext to visit the altars of the dead that are mounted every year around the City Hall building. On thhe main day, November 2nd, a gastronomic Mexican show will take place, as well as a traditional Catrina contest.

The purpose of these activities in our country is to preserve the tradition of commemorating the dead under the celebrations that characterize our artistic, musical and cultural Mexican spirit. A great example of this is La Catrina, a figure created by the painter Jose Guadalupe Posada with the idea of portraying in the dead the misery and the errors of the politicians, as well as the hypocrisy of the Mexican society of that time (1850).

In the following page you will find more events alluding the Day of the Dead that will take place in different parts of our city: https://es-la.facebook.com/diademuertospv/

México está a punto de celebrar el día de muertos, una vez más, como se hace desde antes de la llegada de Cristobal Colón a nuestras tierras. Y Puerto Vallarta no es la excepción. El Fideicomiso de Turismo de nuestra ciudad dio a conocer que habrá toda una serie de eventos alrededor de este festejo; desde eventos gastronómicos hasta representaciones emblemáticas de la celebración en distintos espacios públicos.

Los arcos del malecón tendrá presentaciones musicales y folclóricas que serán el pretexto ideal para visitar los altares de muertos que se montan cada año alrededor de la Presidencia Municipal. El día principal será el 2 de noviembre cuando se llevará a cabo una muestra gastronómica mexicana, así como un tradicional concurso de catrinas.

La intención de estas actividades en nuestro país es conservar la tradición de conmemorar a los muertos bajo las celebraciones que caracterizan nuestro espíritu mexicano, artístico, musical y cultural. Un gran ejemplo de ello es La Catrina, figura creada por el pintor José Guadalupe Posada con el propósito de retratar en la muerte la miseria y los errores de los políticos, así como la hipocresía de la sociedad mexicana de esa época (1850).

En la siguiente página encontrarás más eventos alusivos al Día de Muertos que se llevarán a cabo en distintos puntos de nuestra ciudad: https://es-la.facebook.com/diademuertospv/

Mexico’s Independence Day – September 16th.

16th of September - Independence Day

Grito de IndependenciaSeptember is considered the month of the Homeland in Mexico thus lots of celebrating! During this month, Mexican citizens come together to celebrate the beginning of independence known as El Grito de Dolores “Cry of Independence” starting on the night of the 15th at 11:00 pm in Mexico’s City main square “El Zócalo” and in all the government palaces around the country concluding the 16th with a military parade. No other time of year is better than September to really feel Mexico under the skin.

Military ParadeIndependence Day is the day that the Mexican culture really stands out, the joy of the festivities are complemented with fireworks, folkloric dances, traditional Mexican dishes, drinks, traditional music and the world know mariachi, its very common to see along the streets the colors of the flag and entire families awaiting the right moment to shout VIVA MÉXICO!

Once again the country will be merged into a single voice to sing the National Anthem and will have the opportunity to hear other compositions that for their patriotic musical sense have been considered as second national anthems; such as The March of Zacatecas-Genaro Codina (1892) y The Huapango de Moncayo-Juan Pablo Moncayo (1941).

To visit Mexico is to live a world of Aztec heritage everywhere: beginning with the culture of the country following with it’s architectural remains of their cities which retain precedent of the Pre-Hispanic era. Its warm and friendly people will make you discover the secrets of a civilization living with it’s deeply rooted traditions, spicy flavors and Mariachi music.

Mexico’s Independence Day

16th of September - Independence Day

Grito de IndependenciaSeptember is considered the month of the Homeland in Mexico thus lots of celebrating! During this month, Mexican citizens come together to celebrate the beginning of independence known as  El Grito de Dolores  “Cry of Independence”  starting on the night of the 15th at 11:00 pm in Mexico’s City main square “El Zócalo” and in all the government palaces around the country concluding the 16th with a military parade. No other time of year is better than September to really feel Mexico under the skin.

Fuegos PirotecnicosIndependence Day is the day that the Mexican culture really stands out, the joy of the festivities are complemented with fireworks, folkloric dances, traditional Mexican dishes, drinks, traditional music and the world know mariachi, its very common to see along the streets the colors of the flag and entire families awaiting the right moment to shout VIVA MÉXICO!

Once again the country will be merged into a single voice to sing the National Anthem and will have the opportunity to hear other compositions that for their patriotic musical sense have been considered as second national anthems; such as The March of Zacatecas-Genaro Codina (1892) y The Huapango de Moncayo-Juan Pablo Moncayo (1941).

To visit Mexico is to live a world of Aztec heritage everywhere: beginning with the culture of the country following with it’s architectural remains of their cities which retain precedent of the Pre-Hispanic era. Its warm and friendly people will make you discover the secrets of a civilization living with it’s deeply rooted traditions, spicy flavors and Mariachi music.

Happy New Year Puerto Vallarta 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Watch, fireworks and champagne

The time has come to say goodbye to 2011, the countdown begins and Puerto Vallarta is preparing for New Year’s Eve party. The city’s boardwalk is the meeting place where music, good wishes and the atmosphere of brotherhood are the special guests

The end of year accounts for most of the people as a farewell, while longing for a better year, longing for the lost and missing and thanking for what was lived and accomplished.

Hats, whistles, streamers, confetti, the highly anticipated fireworks and much noise accompany this party, of course you cannot miss the toast and for many people the famous 12 grapes; symbol of fertility, life and prosperity which are consumed simultaneously with the clock before it strikes midnight accompanied with good wishes for the coming year. At midnight each hotel and locations near the beach are filled with lights and joy reaching its climax.

People celebrating the new year

For many it is time for reunions, for others it’s the time for reflection but in the end, the new year is always a time to celebrate the beginning of hope which never ends, because it is always a new beginning.