Purépecha New Year & Día de Candelaria in Michoacán
Two Incredible Fiestas

Saturday, January 26, 2019 – Sunday, February 3, 2019

Your hosts and guides for this tour are Rick Hall and Kena Muyaes.

Michoacán has two new year celebrations. The traditional one on December 31st and the Purépecha New Year or Jimbani Uéxurhini on February 1st. The location for the multi-village event changes each year and in 2019 is being held in Cuanajo, a Purépecha village located in the municipality of Pátzcuaro. During the fiesta leading up to the new year, inhabitants of the different Purépecha villages throughout the region will arrive and perform many of their dances. On February 2nd (Día de Candelaria), the last of the pastorelas (drama and dance telling the story of the birth of Jesus) is performed in the village of Tócuaro, famous for their diablo or devil masks.

In Pátzcuaro we will tour the Museo de Artes e Industrias Populares, Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita, Centro de Interpretación Ruta Don Vasco and the Casa de los Once Patios, along with the galleries, shops, market and plazasWe will visit Tzintzuntzan, which was the capital of the Purépecha empire and the center of Don Vasco’s Utopian project, along with the village of Santa Fe de la Laguna. While visiting the different villages, we will meet the mask, textile and clay artisans.

Our home base for this trip is Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, México, where we will be staying in a magnificently restored 18th century home located a few steps from the Basílica de la Virgen de la Salud in the historic center of town. The home features a wonderful collection of folk art, a beautiful patio with fountain, a relaxing living room with fireplace, an intimate dining room and a traditional kitchen. WiFi is available throughout the home.

During our adventures, special attention will be given to highlight the traditional cuisine of the region. Incredible fiestas, sights, special dinners and celebrations await us.

This tour begins and ends in Morelia, Michoacán (transportation Morelia – Pátzcuaro is included).

This tour is limited to 10 participants.

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