Published On: Thu, Nov 24th, 2016

Querétaro, special guest at Vatican’s “Mexican Christmas”

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This year, Querétaro will be part of the “Mexican Christmas” at the Vatican, as a special guest, featuring a cultural and gastronomical exhibition, along with tourism information services, announced the Director of the Queretaro’s Institute of Culture and Arts (IQCA – Instituto Queretano de la Cultura y las Artes), Paulina Aguado Romero.

During the press conference, Aguado Romero said that: “Querétaro will display two monumental Christmas trees and two Nativities, decorated with regional indigenous elements made by local artisans with traditional natural textile fibers such as “ixtle” and palm, with a total cost of 6.5 million pesos (325,000 USD)”.


Ixtle natural fiber textile (Photo: Google)

“The Querétaro Nativities exhibit includes handmade craft images of Joseph, Mary and Jesus, as well as the Three Kings and shepherds,” said Aguado Romero.


At the Press Conference, authorities informed that Querétaro will participate in the “Mexican Christmas” at the vatican (Photo:

Besides, The Mexican Christmas at the Vatican will feature two photographic exhibitions of the most important tourist sites in Querétaro, showcasing the religious missions of Fray Junípero Serra founded, in the “Sierra Gorda Queretana”.


Fray Junípero Serra Mission in Queretaro’s “Sierra Gorda” (Photo:

Aguado Romero explained that one of the Nativities made with “Ixtle” from Tequisquiapan, will be installed at the main entrance of the Vatican.

Ixtle Nativity made in Mexico (Photo: Flickr)

Ixtle Nativity made in Mexico (Photo: Flickr)

The Christmas trees and Nativities from Querétaro are already heading to Rome; the exhibition will take place from December 5 to the first days of February 2017, said the head of the IQCA.

Additionally, a promotional video was produced to be displayed at the Vatican Museums, which are visited by an average of 45 thousand people per day.

Regarding the Querétaro’s gastronomy, the show includes “broken corn gorditas” with cheese, Mexican chocolate, tamales, nopal with potatoes, churros, yellow chickpeas, as well as regional cheese and wine.


Gorditas de maíz quebrado (“broken corn gorditas”) Photo: Google




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