A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.



Monday, September 14, 2015

Fiestas Patrias: September 15-16 Independence Parties in Mexico SEP 14

Fiestas Patrias: September 15-16 Independence Parties in Mexico

On September 16, 1810, the Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bells of his church in Dolores, Guanajuato. A crowd of locals gathered around him on the front steps, and Hidalgo gave an passionate speech about the need for an independent Mexico, though today the exact words aren’t known.
Today, there are parties all over Mexico to commemorate this symbolic beginning of the Mexican War of Independence against Spain. The end of the war finally came 11 long years later in 1821.
Hidalgo’s grito (cry, shout) is reenacted all over Mexico the night before the holiday on September 15, usually at 11 p.m.. The highest government official around rings the bell that hangs from the front of the government palace in nearly every city and town. People fill thezocalo, the center square fronted by government buildings and the cathedral. They party and dance to live music, waiting for the mayor, governor or president to hang out the window, pull the cord for the bell, and give the grito. This is followed by three cheers of ¡Viva México!from the crowd.
¡Viva! ¡Viva! ¡Viva!
Toluca sept 15
This is Mexican Independence day, not Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo was a victory against the French in the city of Puebla in 1862, though it’s better known in the U.S. as a good day to shove a lemon down the neck of your Corona, do tequila shots and eat tacos.
(By the way, in Mexico, they squeeze a lime into the beer, not a lemon, and never stick it down the neck. It’s like when Mexicans put ketchup on pizza – it just ain’t right.)
If a Mexican family doesn’t go to the zocalo to watch the grito, they may host or go to anoche mexicana (Mexican night), a party where they listen to Mexican music, eat antojitos mexicanos, and maybe dress up in traditional clothes.
It’s a big holiday in Mexico, and everyone has the day off on the 16th. Some fortunate folks – government workers like me – get more days off for a long weekend.
For weeks before, you can buy party favors on the street: flags, sombreros, fake moustaches – stuff like that. You don’t need to buy fireworks – the city will have plenty of those, along withbands, food and drink. It all depends on where you are.
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In a city

There will be a big stage set up in the zocalo and a few bands. In big cities, or when especially popular bands are scheduled to play, people might get there in the afternoon before it gets too crowded. In Mexico City, for example, where the president gives the grito from the executive building on the zocalo, there are outdoor parties in other parts of town as well.
After the grito you can expect big fireworks, and then more music.
Toluca sept 15 4
I’ve been to the zocalo on September 15 a few times in Toluca, where I live. Among others, I’ve seen classics like Los Angeles Azules, Los Tucanes del Norte, Pepe Aguilar, Banda el Recodo, and the comedian Adrian Uribe, better known as “El Vitor.” He’s the host of the Mexican version of Family Fued, 100 Mexicanos Dijieron.
victor 2
Toluca sept 15 3
This year is different in Toluca, perhaps everywhere in Mexico. Notices going around on social media are asking people not to attend in order to protest the government.

Small towns

In a small town with a close community, the party might be more like a huge potluck. Everyone stocks up on disposable plates and silverware and brings lots of food. The food might come out of a big tupperware container, or it might be grilled up right there. You’ll eat tacos, pozole, pambasos, tostadas, and much more. There’s also plenty of tequila, dancing and patiotism. Once in Temoaya, in the State of Mexico, they brought out a copy of the Mexican constitution:
temoaya fiesta 1 temoaya fiesta 2
And then the party afterwards:
temoaya fiesta 3
Elsewhere, a fun thing after the grito is for the kids to spray everyone with silly string or sticky powder in a can. I’ve seen this after soccer victories too. This sleepy girl and her family are selling eggs full of powder and confetti to throw at people:
pueblito sept 15 3
The party goes on, before and after the grito. If small towns don’t have a stage set up for live bands, they at least have an extra loud DJ:
pueblito sept 15 1 pueblito sept 15 2
The queen of the party:
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On the beach, etc.

I’ve never been to a beach on September 15 or 16. I get a few days off work, but so does everyone else, so it’s not the ideal time to travel.
Mexico is a big, diverse country with regional cultural differences in every corner. It’s a bad country for generalizations – I’m just describing what I’ve seen here in the center of the country. Each region has at least one thing in common: deep, colorful, musical, delicious culture.
I’ve you’ve been to a different sort of Mexican Independence party, please tell me about it below.
¡Viva México!

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