What is La Guelaguetza?
Guelaguetza means ‘offering’, it comes from the word ‘guendalezaa’, representing the act of giving, it is also called locally as the ‘Monday party of the hill’.
The origin of this beautiful tradition dates back to pre-Hispanic times, being a ritual to the gods, which is why they have always been important dates for Oaxaca people. Over the years the celebration has evolved, becoming the party that is known today.
The magic of La Guelaguetza
Everything begins a week before July 16, with the “convite”, a great parade, where the “Chinas Oaxaqueñas” make their stellar appearance, women of the city who go with baskets of flowers, and go in the company of each of the seven regions that participate; Los Valles Centrales, La Sierra Juárez, La Cañada, Tuxtepec, La Mixteca, Istmo de Tehuantepec and La Costa, playing music from their region.
When the festival is started, the streets and towns of Oaxaca come alive, various activities take place along the Guelaguetza, you can visit artisanal and gastronomic presentations, and many cultural representations that will make you fall in love with Oaxaca.
When is the Guelaguetza celebrated?
This incredible party is celebrated from the first Monday after July 16, as long as it does not coincide with a Monday, July 18, since that day marks the death anniversary of Benito Juárez, if so, the Guelaguetza is moved for the following Monday.
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