Oaxaca’s 485th Anniversary

Oaxaca City celebrates its 485th anniversary, hosting the Encuentro de Cocineras Tradicionales. Celebrations include calendas on Monday afternoon. History Oaxaca’s name comes from a mangled version of the Aztec settlement Huaxyacac (“place of gourds”). Occupying the area as early as 1521, the Spanish established their new settlement in 1529. Oaxaca was first called Antequera after …

A Gathering of Oaxaca’s Traditional Cooks

Photo: Melissa Biggs, Blessing Los tesoros son la gente. The treasures are the people. April 24-25 Primer Encuentro de Cocineras Tradicionales del Oaxaca (First Meeting of Traditional Cooks of Oaxaca) On Monday Oaxaca City’s Plaza de la Danza will host the First Meeting of Traditional Cooks of the Oaxaca (Primer Encuentro de Cocineras Tradicionales del Oaxaca). More than 50 cooks …

Guelaguetza 2017

Poster: Ron Mader, Guelaguetza 2017 Some of the most colorful celebrations in the Americas take place in the southeastern corner of Mexico. Example one: Guelaguetza is one of the world’s most important festivals and takes place every year in Oaxaca, Mexico. Hashtag: #Guelaguetza2017 Since 1932 the city of Oaxaca de Juárez and neighboring villages have put on …

Viernes de Dolores = Friday of Sorrows

Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Sorrows) is a day of great devotion in Oaxaca City and takes place the the sixth Friday of Lent, or the Friday before Palm Sunday a week before Good Friday. 2017 Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Sorrows) was April 7. For visitors this is one the great surprises that await. While …

Sierra Juárez

Photo: Ron Mader, Bosque de Ixtán For International Day of Forests, we’re making a list of my favorite forests in the world. Let’s start with Oaxaca’s Sierra Juárez, home of Guelatao San Antonio Cuajimoloyas, Ixtlán de Juárez, Santa Catarina Ixtepeji, Santa María Yavesia and Santa Catarina Lachatao What connects these communities are the forests and Indigenous histories. …

Artisan Day in Oaxaca

Photo: Angela Mendoza (shown here at the Pochote Market, now located on Calle Marcos Pérez #217) 7 Day Challenge = Retos para 7 Días 1. Join the event on Facebook. Tag yourself. Who are your artesano friends on Facebook?=Etiquétate. ¿Quiénes son tus amigos artesanos en Facebook? 2. Learn the name of a beloved craft in a local Indigenous …

Where to Buy Folk Art in Oaxaca City

Photo: Ron Mader, Ayuuk Ceramic (available at La Cosecha, Alcalá #806 Arte popular has no finer home than Oaxaca City. Whether you are seeking jewelry, woven rugs, shawls, ceramics or elaborate wooden figures, the famous alebrijes, you could be overwhelmed by the variety and quality of local crafts. Our suggestion – take your time, check out …

Teotitlán del Valle

Mexico – Walk with the Weavers and spend time in the Place of the Gods. The Zapotec community of Teotitlán del Valle (elevation: 1,670 meters or 5,500 feet) is world-famous for production of colorful weavings (laadi in the local language). NATURAL WORLD In the Náhuatl language of the Aztecs, the name of the village means …

Chocolate Oaxaca

Chocolate is not just a dessert in Oaxaca. Here is our updated insider’s guide for drinking, eating and buying cacao products. HISTORY Chocolate comes from the beans of the cacao tree that grows in tropical climates. The word cacao has been traced to the Olmec. The Maya continued the use and introduced this to the …