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Festivities

Introduction

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Heir to 3,000 years of history, today Oaxaca is a multi-ethnic cultural parade of languages, dances, songs, clothing styles, and customs. Our identity and values as a state can probably best be appreciated by observing our traditional festivals - events filled with a curious blend of mysticism, celebration, food, and brilliant color.

In Oaxaca, it seems like theres always at least one celebration going on some- where for something, like each town in the Central Valley honoring its particular patron saint. On the Tehuantepec Peninsula they celebrate the popular vigils or "velas". Other celebrations are The Day of the Dead, The Night of the Radishes and the incomparable fiestas of "Los Lunes del Cerro" (the Mondays of the Hill), where the highlight is La Guelaguetza - the most traditional Oaxacan festival of them all. La Guelaguetza is a vortex of music, movement, color, and hospitality, a unique time when Oaxacans open their hearts and homes to all.

These are some of the festivals that have been kept alive and are an unforgettable treat for any visitor to Oaxaca.



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