Fiestas & celebrations in Pátzcuaro
In this page we are refering mostly to those celebrations that occurs in Pátzcuaro city area, not in he whole region.
Day varies. Epiphany. Shepherd’s song presentation.
Carnival. During three days (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday ) the “toritos” (little straw bulls) from each neighborhood are passed through the streets, accompanied by oboe music and ropes and characters such as “el apache”, “el caballito” (the little horse), “el caporal” (the chief) and “las maringuías” (men dressed like woman).
Don Vasco de Quiroga (annual mourning). Cultural week. Handicrafts exposition, organ concert in the Basílica and traditional music.
March – April
Holly Week. The festivities begin on Tuesday (Mardi Gras) with the re-enactment of several biblical passages. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday the Way of the Cross is held and the procession of silence with Mater Dolorosa images dating from the 16th to 19th centuries. On occasion a Procession of the Christs is held that reunites almost all the religious images from churches throughout the lacustrine region. Sale of regional handicrafts.
Day of the “Santa Cruz” (holy cross). Veneration of one of the crosses (green cross) that is believed to have been left by Vasco de Quiroga. Procession, music with bands of the region.
Corpus Christi Thursday.
16th – Independence Day. Cry of Independence Ceremony (this remembers the day in which the Mexican independence war was started by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in Dolores, Hidalgo) held in municipal palace. Popular fair , musical events, fireworks in the main square. Parade on the 16th
28th Pátzcuaro: Aniversary of Pátzcuaro’s foundation by Don Vasco de Quiroga.
29th – Day of San Miguel Arcangel (Saint Michael archangel).
4th – Pátzcuaro: Day of San Francisco de Asís (Saint Francis of Assisi). Dances of Moors and soldiers. Fireworks.
1st and 2nd All Saints and “Dia de los Muertos”. Artesans market in the main square.
8th – Day of Señora de la Salud. The most venerated of the region. Presentation of dances, masquerades, handicrafts, band, parade, bullfights and rodeos.