Fiesta en honor a la Santa Cruz del Valle del Maíz

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  • After two consecutive years in which the festival was suspended in honor of the Holy Cross that is venerated in the Valle del Maíz neighborhood, this year it will be resumed and will be held from May 18 to 30.

    Municipal and ecclesiastical authorities gave the authorization to celebrate the festivity.

    The festivity will be as it has been traditionally: with its rituals, colloquium, novenas, prayers, dances, mojigangas and alboradas. This year there will be a tribute to Guillermo Velázquez and the Lions of the Sierra de Xichú.

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    El Valle del Maiz is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. The majority of its inhabitants are of Chichimeca or Otomi origin, and during its festival, which takes place the last weekend of May, people venerate the Santa Cruz, in a mixture of Catholic and pre-Hispanic traditions.

    The celebration venerates a Catholic symbol, such as the cross, but also performs indigenous dances and rituals like the blessing to the four winds, part of the Chichimeca culture before the Spanish domination. “The Spanish brought the Catholic religion, which was unknown to us. We adopted all their rituals, but we had the need to continue with our original customs that we practiced before the conquest, and we found an opportunity to do so at the party. ”
    The main objective of the festival is to give thanks for the blessings received during the past year and ask for a good rainy season and an abundant harvest. “It is the need of people to believe in God or something or someone, and give thanks for life, for everything we have, and to ask for benefits during the coming year. The celebration is wonderful because it is a space where people meet, talk, forgive and share. This is the wonder of this party “,


     

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