Just like every­one warned me, it is best to have tick­ets to some actu­al shows dur­ing the Fes­ti­val Cer­van­ti­no in Gua­na­ju­a­to. How­ev­er, I still want­ed to check out the scene. The arts fes­ti­vals here in my town have been so amaz­ing, and this Cer­vantes fes­ti­val is much more famous. So, while I was pre­pared and hap­py to just walk around for a day and enjoy the love­li­ness that is Gua­na­ju­a­to, a part of me did expect more street per­for­mances and bet­ter exhi­bi­tions. I could very well be that I just missed all the good spots, but Mike and I cov­ered a lot of ter­ri­to­ry and went in every­thing that was open and free that we could find. That’s what I get for plan­ning noth­ing, except arrang­ing trans­porta­tion. Over­all, Gua­na­ju­a­to is so nice and the weath­er this time of year is so per­fect that it was a great day.

What they did have was a lot of booths sell­ing items for Day of the Dead. For me, walk­ing around and see­ing crafts, espe­cial­ly focused on the art of Day of the Dead, could keep me enter­tained for more than a few days. The pressed sug­ar offer­ings for altars are wild and amaz­ing in terms of quan­ti­ty and design. Maybe I’m just not inte­grat­ed enough, but I don’t feel like I should have a per­son­al altar because it doesn’t have the appro­pri­ate mean­ing to me. So, I didn’t buy any­thing for an altar. I did get some (more) paper skele­tons to hang up.

Towards the end of the day we sat down to lis­ten to a band play, and then a group from Col­i­ma start­ed per­form­ing what struck me as some­thing like a Mex­i­can kabu­ki play. I did a tiny bit of research on the web, and there does seem to be a mask tra­di­tion from Col­i­ma, but I am going to have to research more and ask around about what this was. Even though I could under­stand most of the Span­ish, I had no idea what was going on, but their masks were great and I had a good spot for some pho­tos. I took all 3 of my lens with me, but most­ly played around some more with the big zoom lens.

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Look­ing out over Gua­na­ju­a­to

The crowds in the streets

Sug­ar offer­ings

Very spe­cif­ic altar offer­ing

Lots of skulls

Just hang­ing around

I couldn’t pass up the paper skele­tons

Gua­na­ju­a­to tun­nels

Man in tra­di­tion­al dress from the state of Nayarit

Ama­teur street per­form­ers

Col­i­ma group per­for­mance set-up

Roof dogs and the fes­ti­val ban­ner

Garbage Cat­ri­na