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The “Martes de Brujas” festival in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan Oaxaca

In order to recover Oaxaca’s traditions, you can appreciate “Martes de Brujas” (Tuesday of witches) in Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca Mexico, a small town near Oaxaca City. According to the history of this town this tradition has its origins during the colonial time, when Friar Domingo de Santa Maria promoted the construction of the catholic temple in which the natives of the town participated working night shifts, while women prepared tamales and brown sugar-loaf maize drink.

The moons arrival invites the town into a cultural gathering in which the main attractions are the “witches”, this are lamps built with candles, their flame is covered by paper cones, when night comes this lamps give a beautiful singular view, that for centuries announced the Lents beginning, illuminating the main plaza every Tuesday night, where the citizens prepare maize drink, tamales and sit under trees to enjoy them with a band playing as background. During this time the xoxeños (natives from the town) relive the memories of the delicious tamales made by elder women that inherit their ancestors seasoning that now a day of different types of tamales such as: rajas, chepil, dulce,mole, being the specialty of the house de tamale of chinchilla.

 

 

  • February 28 1st Martes de Brujas

19:00 hours Toque de caracoles

19:15 hours Representation of “Martes de Brujas” Music-Dance-Theatre

19:30 hours Marimba “Nueva Esmeralda” Calpulalpam de Méndez, Ixtlan, Oaxaca.

20:15 hours Banda Filarmónica Infantil de Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán

 

  •  March 6th 2nd Martes de Brujas

19:00 hours Toque de caracoles

19:15 hours Héctor Díaz (Trovador)

20:15 hours Compañía Estatal de Danza Costumbrista de Oaxaca

 

  •  March 13 3rd Martes de Brujas

19:00 horas Toque de caracoles

19:15 hours Rondalla Romance de la U.R.S.E. Balada Popular

20:00 hours Lorena y los alebrijes Afro-Mestiza Music

 

  •  March 20 4th Martes de Brujas

19:00 hours Toque de caracoles

19:15 hours Orquesta Sinfónica  Infantil del IEEPO Música popular

20:00 hours  Mexican folkloric dance worlshop “México Luz y Folklor”

 

  • March 27 5th Martes de Brujas

19:00 hours Toque de caracoles

19:15 hours Marimba Nueva Esmeralda  Calpulalpam de Méndez, Ixtlan, Oaxaca.

20:00 hours Oaxacan traditional folkloric ballet dancing performance. Mexican folkloric dance

 

  • April 3rd 6th Martes de Brujas

19:00 hours Toque de caracoles

19:15 hours Tuna de la U.R.S.E. Música

20:00 hours Banda monumental Música popular