Last updateTue, 27 Jul 2021 2pm

Ajijic’s Festival Sangre Viva celebrates Mexican identity

Ajijic’s sixth annual Festival Cultural Sangre Viva, scheduled Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31, will encompass diverse activities with an accent on Mexico’s ancestral roots.

pg16aCentered at the plaza, the Living Blood program kicks off Friday with a ritual ceremony at 5 p.m., followed by Ensamble Ceiba performing pre-Hispanic music, 7 p.m., and La Marea Fandanguera with a set of Veracruz-style Son Jarocho, 8 p.m.


Saturday’s entertainment line-up starts at 5 p.m., with the appearance of Colimotpiltzin, a children’s band from Colima performing a repertoire of indigenous music. Various musical genres with a Mexican essence will be feature as the slate continues with Alhelí Yirama y los Macehuales, 5:40 p.m.; Syd Balam, 6:30 p.m.; the Ce-Ollin Maya dance group, 7:20 p.m.; MandLaguna y Tintaz Distintaz, 8:30 p.m.; Leones Negros y Atletas Campesinos, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday events open with Axixik Mitotiliztli leading ritual dances at the Ajijic Malecón and story teller Gabotl appearing at the plaza, 1 p.m. Later on, Alejando Mendo “Tenopal” performs at 6 p.m., followed by The Mooncakes rock band, 7 p.m.

A commercial fair set up around the square will offer shoppers an array of unique handmade goods from visiting artesanos as well as medicinal herbs, typical cooking ingredients and food items.

Experience physical and spiritual cleansing in the Temascal sweat baths scheduled periodically throughout the weekend.  Craft workshops and conferences are also planned.

Visit the plaza to get up- to-date details. Most activities are open to the public free of charge or for a nominal donation.

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