Day of the Dead: Juarez Park, El Chorro, and The Catrinas….

Our trip continues…

Planning is everything on a trip like this, but sometimes luck plays its’ part. John wanted to take us to another area of San Miguel that we had not visited. He suggested we head to El Chorro. Of course he was unsure of exactly how to get there, so we side-tripped  into Benito Juarez Park, a  small French-style garden that was recently restored for its 100th birthday, hoping that the parks paths would lead us to El Chorro.

As luck would have it, there was a small art show celebrating the Day of the Dead being held in the park. The festivities culminated with music and of course the traditional Catrinas. Everyone was friendly and in a celebratory mood! We were too!

Young Catrinas waiting for the festivities to begin...

The Art Show…

Although rather small, it gave us the opportunity to meet, talk with, and shoot the people who were there.

El Chorro…

El Chorro, the town’s waterworks and public laundry, is located next to the park. The tubs look like a sculptured fountain, but Mexican women still come to wash clothes in them. Chorro means “spout” or “spring,” and this spring determined the location of the town when the Franciscan Juan de San Miguel arrived in 1542.

Let the festival begin…

After a delicious lunch at a local hotel we returned to Juarez Park for the festivities.  José Guadalupe Posada created a famous print of a figure that he called La Calavera de la Catrina (“calavera of the rich woman”) as a parody of a Mexican upper-class female.

'La Calavera Catarina' by Posada

Posada’s striking image of a costumed female with a skeleton face has become associated with the Day of the Dead, and Catarina figures often are a prominent part of modern Day of the Dead observances. Our Catrinas were getting ready!

The music begins…

And the families gather to watch…

This was the continuation of another terrific day in San Miguel de Allende.

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4 thoughts on “Day of the Dead: Juarez Park, El Chorro, and The Catrinas….

  1. It’s like sharing your trip to Israel all over again with your wonderfully intimate
    shots of the people and festivities.
    See ya! Judy

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