Holiday Posadas at Casa Hogar

The annual posadas leading up to Christmas day have begun all across Mexico, and of course here in Rocky Point. Traditionally, within the Catholic community the nightly posadas (from about Dec. 16 – 24) represent the journey of Mary and Joseph as they sought shelter on Christmas Eve, and were turned away from inns before […]

Piñatas ~ A Holiday Tradition

One of the many colorful traditions of the holiday season in Mexico is wrapped up in the cones and flowing tissue paper of piñatas. In addition to adorning children’s parties throughout the year, piñatas are customarily used during posadas leading up to Christmas Day. In brief, the posadas are a way to reenact the travels of Joseph and […]

Local Artisan Art Expo by Shrimp Plaza

Many local artisans, who at other times of the year may be found strolling up and down the city’s beaches with their wares, or in shops along Calle 32 “Rodeo Drive” on the former road to Cholla Bay, have set up an Art Expo on the fringe of Shrimp Plaza near City Hall. The small […]

Mariachi music recognized as element of World Heritage by UNESCO

Along with Chinese shadow puppetry, poetic dueling from Cyprus, and other cultural traditions, Mexico’s mariachi music was recently recognized by the United Nations, during a Nov. 2011 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, as a World Heritage element. Mariachi music itself was recognized for “teaching values of respect for Mexico’s history and Indian roots.” Read the full […]

Virgen de Guadalupe pilgrimages

As another sign the holidays are here, on Dec. 1st many from the community of Puerto Peñasco, led by the Mayor and his wife, once again began the traditional evening pilgrimage from the Church in the Old Port to Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in preparation for the day in honor of Mexico’s patron saint on Dec. […]

National Conservation Week in Mexico Nov. 21-27

Mexico’s National Conservation Week will be celebrated across the country during the week of Nov. 21 – 27, and the Schuk-Toak Visitors Center of the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve is lining up different activities to help mark the event. * More details below*  According to the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), the country’s National Conservation Week […]

Celebrating life ~ Day of the Dead in Rocky Point

Beginning on the evening of Nov. 1st, colorful altars commemorating deceased loved ones began to appear across Puerto Peñasco. The local office of Civic Action and Culture even held a contest for schools to display their most creative altars in honor of Day of the Dead. Though I missed the contest on the evening of […]

Día de Muertos (Day of the dead)

To the people of New York, Paris, or London, “death” is a word that is never pronounced because it burns the lips. The Mexican, however, frequents it, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it; it is one of its favorite toys and most steadfast love. Of course, in his attitude perhaps there […]

Rocky Point hosts Cervantino Festival for 3rd year

For a third consecutive year, the Puerto Peñasco extension of the famed International Cervantino Festival brought music, art, dance, opera, and fireworks to enliven the city this Fall. From Oct. 21st thru Oct. 23rd, cultural activities ranging from film to the display of items made from recycled materials, to an exhibition of work by local […]