Yalitza Aparicio is the image of the Guelaguetza 2019

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The event will be held on July 22 and 29 in Oaxaca.

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The protagonist of the film ‘Roma’, Yalitza Aparicio, became the image of the Festival de la  Guelaguetza in its 2019 version.

Yalitza appears in the official spot of the festival that was launched this day through social networks and invites tourists to visit the  Oaxaca festival.

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The event will be held on July 22 and 29 and extols the music, dance, and traditions that exist in the region.

What is the Guelaguetza?

La Guelaguetza is one of the most important festivals in Mexico and is celebrated every year during the month of July in the state of Oaxaca.

Guelaguetza is a Zapotec word that means sharing, offering or present, so this festival is about sharing.

This celebration has its origins in pre-Hispanic times, when the Zapotec Indians dedicated their prayers and dances to the gods, mainly to the goddess Centéotl, the Goddess of Corn. The festivity concluded with the sacrifice of a maiden in the same place where it is still celebrated, in the Cerro del Fortín, in Oaxaca.

During the time of La Conquista and La Colonia, this celebration continued, but now it was consecrated to the Virgen del Carmen, establishing on Sunday July 16 as the official date for the celebrations, in case the 16 did not fall in Sunday, it would be celebrated the first Monday after the date, hence the name of Monday of the Hill.

With the passage of time this party began to lose popularity, however, in 1931, after a strong earthquake that shook the region and generated much fear among its inhabitants, people began to go to other entities and to stop the phenomenon, representatives of civil society, culture and art planned to pay homage to the Oaxacan culture.

The invitation was made to the eight regions that make up the state of Oaxaca to offer their dances and products and be shared with others, as a support and also reciprocally. This was born as a racial homage, however, with the passage of time it was called Guelaguetza.

From this date, year after year, this event takes place, where the representative delegations of the regions of the state come down and offer their dances and harvests.

Only two Mondays of the month of July this celebration takes place in the Guelaguetza Auditorium, in the Cerro del Fortín, however, during the whole month there are several festivities.

During this celebration you can enjoy the Parade of the Delegations, the Legend of the Princess Donají and the Mezcal Fair.

This year, the Guelaguetza is celebrated on July 23 and 30, starting at 10:00 am. If you want to know the full program of the whole month, click here . 

If you want to see the Legend of Princess Donají, you can buy your tickets through Ticketmaster, they have a price of 340 and 396 pesos, plus charges. To enjoy La Guelaguetza, tickets are also purchased at Ticketmaster and are priced at 1,030 and 1,325 pesos, plus charges.

La Guelaguetza is a holiday that is worth much to enjoy at least once in a lifetime.

For more information on Oaxaca events click https://www.oaxaca-mio.com/

Source: alanxelmundo, oaxaca-mio

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