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But When, Exactly?

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When something is going to happen has had a resurgence in interest this month as the celebration of Lord of the Conquest reintroduced San Miguel de Allende to large, faith-based events.

The fun continued with Saint Joseph day and is on-task for upcoming Easter events though to call Easter events fun is off-putting.

When events occur fascinates we foreigners who like to plan out our day and aren’t, as a culture, accustomed to living in the moment.

Also, most Mexicans just assume if you went to mass you’d know about it and have zero compulsion to tell foreigners or other non-church goers.  They don’t mind if we show up and appreciate it when I help, but have zero interest in marketing.  They are expressions of faith, not primarily public displays of entertainment sashaying across town.

When I know about a procession or festival I post on my social media sites but I usually don’t know enough in advance to notify mass-email event sites.  Plus I long ago gave up on the Atencion that took a certain glee is getting dates and times wrong even for their own events.

Though during the virus the Church also posted wrong days and times for events knowing the procession would be the day before, often in the middle of the night, to keep attendance extremely low.

Still I find it funny how often, even this month, posters go up days after the event!

Your best bet is simply ask your Mexican pals.  Surely you know several that are in bands, ride horseback or are indigenous or loco dancers.  Even the more sedate danzon dancers, like myself, are often featured in public events.  Plus with each passing year you’ll recognize beyond major events, like Easter or Guadalupe, there are many other festivals including San Luis ReySanta Cecilia and May’s month-long festival of the cross.

Welcome back large faith-based events that make San Miguel de Allende the tourist hotspot and a wonderful place to call home!

by Joseph Toone

San Miguel Times

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