domingo, 11 de agosto de 2013

Mexican Traditions: The Moors of Tejaro in Patzcuaro

Pátzcuaro is a place to enjoy a wide variety of Mexican traditions.  At every turn, we are surprised by yet another long-standing tradition that we weren’t aware of.  From the very balconies of Mansión Iturbe, we can see many of those traditions and learn more about the everyday events of our community that go back a long time.
Our Lady of Health at Plaza Vasco de Quiroga in Pátzcuaro
 The Plaza Vasco de Quiroga is the heart of Pátzcuaro, declared a “Pueblo Mágico.”  Locals, tourists, and residents of the communities surrounding Lake Pátzcuaro and other nearby areas.


Mexican Traditions: the Moors of Tejaro in Patzcuaro
Mexican Traditions: The Moors of Tejaro in Patzcuaro

The Plaza is surrounded by huge, ancient trees, and is usually a place of tranquility.  But the Plaza is also a venue for many musical, dance, folkloric, artisan, and religious events.


Our Lady of Health of Patzcuaro and the Moors of Tejaro at Plaza Vasco de Quiroga
Our Lady of Health of Pátzcuaro and the Moors of Tejaro at Plaza Vasco de Quiroga

We were recently surprised by a visit by the Moros de Tejaro (Moors of Tejaro), a indigineous community near Zacapu.  They had come as a part of a pilgrimage to honor the Virgen de la Salud de Pátzcuaro in the Basílica.
Mexican Festivities: Moors of Tejaro in Patzcuaro
Mexican Festivities: Moors of Tejaro in Pátzcuaro


Our Lady of Health of Patzcuaro at the procession
Our Lady of Health of Pátzcuaro at the procession

It was a cloudy morning in Pátzcuaro.  Breakfast was just finishing up in the Doña Paca Restaurant at Mansion Iturbe, when the typical band music started filtering in from the Plaza.  We could see the dancers who had come for their ritual ceremony, preceding the very Virgen de la Salud de Pátzcuaro in procession.
Mexican Festivites: The Moors of Tejaro in Patzcuaro
Mexican Festivites: The Moors of Tejaro in Patzcuaro
In a ceremony like this, there are plenty of blasts from fireworks and copal.  The participants, residents of Tejaro, bring their fervor, order, and solemnity to the ritual, dressed in their stunning Moorish attire.  From there, they continued their procession up to the Basílica.
 
The Moors of Tejaro dancing at Patzcuaro Main Square
The Moors of Tejaro dancing at Pátzcuaro main square.
 
Come to Pátzcuaro and live the magic of our festivals that continue on and on for generations!
 
Here is a video what we hope you will about this Moros de Tejaro in Pátzcuaro:
 
 
*Text, pictures and video property of Hotel Mansión Iturbe.
 
We invite you to check more post in our blog, there is planty of information for you that will be helpful for your next trip to Pátzcuaro. Here are some some post:
 
Palm Sunday in Patzcuaro, the beginning of Holy Week

Festival of Corpus Christi in Pátzcuaro


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