Mexican Xmas in San Miguel....
Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
77Trip End Dec 31, 2014
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The streets are jammed with cars and traffic.....
January 06/Sunday is the Mexican's Xmas Day.
January 07/Monday the Mexican Xmas holidays will be over
and things will return to normal in San Miguel.
The kids will go back to school, so that will get them off of the streets..
The teachers will go back to school to teach the kids, so that will get them off of the streets.
All of the Mexicans that took their holidays when their kids were out of school,
will go back to work, so that will get them off of the streets..
And the many Mexicans that came to San Miguel during the Xmas holidays,
while their kids were out of school, as tourists will go back to where ever they came from,
so that will get them off of the streets...good!!!!
There are many Mexican tourists in San Miguel during the Xmas Holiday,
too many as far as I am concerned....,...
Many Mexican tourists come to San Miguel because of it historic significance
in both the War for Independence in 1810 and the Revolution of 1910,
because of it great beauty, because of ancient colonial nature (established about 1550 AD)
and because of its safety and peaceful, friendly nature (small town friendly)..
Once the Xmas holidays are over, I will be able to walk around San Miguel
without all of those Mexicans always getting in my way...won't that be great...
I was at the Jardin (central plaza) Saturday nite (which is the Mexican Xmas Eve)..
There were thousands of people there - lots, and lots and lots of kids..and all together,
they let go of their balloons, which had messages tied to them. There were 100's, and 100's and 100's of balloons that went up into the sky - the sky was covered with the 100"s, and 100's and 100's of balloons which kept going up until they just became little dots in the sky...They were messages from the kids to the three kings, telling them what presents that they wanted to get the next day...
The significance of the next day, Sunday, January 06 -is that it is the day on which
the 3 wiseman (the English Version) - the 3 Kings (the Mexican Version) brought
the baby Jesus presents.....So that day is celebrated by the 3 kings giving children
presents on that day...In Mexico, the Xmas Holidays are celebrated in a very religious,
non secular way... There is no Santa Claus - they get their presents from the 3 Kings.
The 3 Kings were at the Jardin on Xmas Eve, not Santa Claus...The 3 Kings rode into town
that day on donkeys, as part of a large parade....Parts of the city are closed off (the roads are closed off) so that vendors can setup their stands and sell things for the presents that will arrive the next morning...
Actually the Mexican kids get two Xmas days - one: on Xmas days from their parents
and relatives and friends to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus - and the second: on January 06,
they get bigger and better presents from the 3 Kings....
Legally, all Mexican employers are required by the law, to give a two weeks pay,
Xmas bonus to their employees, two weeks before Xmas....
The Posada story is another story that is celebrated by the Mexicans before Xmas with parades and re-enactments. Posada means inn in Spanish. When Joesph and Mary (the much revered Virgin Mary) rode into Bethlehem on their donkeys - big parade re-enacting this event - they went from Inn to Inn trying to find a place to stay - and where ever they went - the Inn Keepers kept saying - no room - no room - no room. It was very heart breaking - Joseph and the much revered Virgin Mary just could not find a place to stay - there was no room. Until finally - finally - an Inn Keeper said that he had no room but that they could stay in his stable. Happy Days were here again....So for several nites, people, maybe its the kids - go from house to house
asking if there is any room for them to stay there - and the occupants of these dwellings
tell them that there is no room...it is very heart breaking.......there is tremendous sympathy and empathy for the trials and tribulations of Joseph and the much revered Virgin Mary in their not being able to find a place to stay. Eventually they do get to stay in a stable where the baby Jesus is born in a manager... I am not sure - but I think that they spend 12 days before Xmas looking for a place to stay - or at least spend 12 days re-enacting the posada before Xmas..... The Mexicans seem to like to put a lot emphasis on the suffering involved in these different situations,....
I am going to go now - I have borrowed a hammer and some nails from a friend
and I am going to put up a bunch of Mexican pieces of art on my walls
- nails in the walls - that is what it is all about...
when I get a camera - I will take pictures of the Mexican Art that I have on my walls
and include those pictures in my travelogue blog
so that my many amigos and gentle readers will be able to see my artistic side.......