It takes a long time to become young.
|Killing of the ‘Bad Mood’ by fire|
|One of the ‘captors’ – Very scary to children along the way|
Except for the opening and closing parades, it is less of a participatory, people everywhere in the streets type of event, and more of an all events are in one place type of carnival, this is different from what we had seen in Mazatlán but it may make sense for walled cities with very narrow streets. The other walled city of Merida in the Yucatán does the same.
painting everyone as part of the Carnival. |
Fewer and fewer people attend now that they have computers and cell phones,
they prefer staying home.
We walked the malecón to find out. The night is just cool enough to be quite pleasant. We had learned that an effigy of a pirate, the representation of bad mood for a city that had been attacked by them repeatedly over their early years of history, would be marched along the road to a point where it would ultimately be burned, releasing joy. A little macabre but certainly understandable.
Pretend bullfight after the paint-everyone-fun. Almost like wearing a bull piñata…
Capture of the pirate or ‘Bad Mood’
Pirate fighting not to be put in the coffin
Pedro and Paola, the King and Queen of the 2017 Carnival
|Art students at school next door to our Airbnb made this beautiful carro alegorico (float)|
Very colorful float getting ready before the parade
Even here - we cannot get away from this...
|Small detail on one of the floats|
|Delicious Lebanese kibbehs (called kibis here) adopted by the Mayas and sold at each street corner|
Maja Blanca dessert, coconut milk based inspired from the Philippines.
Rich and delightful especially if sprinkled with fresh cinnamon and a tad of nutmeg or anise.
Many are made with corn or sweet potato
In the end, we are discovering more and more just how many cultural inspirations have helped shape the lives and culture of Mexicans. In this area, we see influences from Mayas (bitter orange, achiote, chocolate, habaneros), Dutch (Edam cheese mainly with famous Queso Relleno) Lebanese (kibbeh and a hummus like dip made of pumpkin seeds instead of garbanzo beans called sikil pa’k), Caribbean and African (marimba music). It doesn’t end there however, it seems that each new exploration brings us nice new surprises.
Queso relleno, Edam cheese, ground meat, olives, raisins, red sauce.
Sikil P'ak, creamy pumpkin seed dip ground by hand