The Guelaguetza, also called the Lunes del Cerro, or "Mondays on the Hill" is celebrated in Oaxaca on the last two Mondays of July.
The Guelaguetza is a celebration in which representatives from the many communities of Oaxaca come together and celebrate the diversity of their traditions and cultures. The state of Oaxaca (My state) is home to 16 different ethnolinguistic groups and is incredibly diverse. For the Guelaguetza festival members of these groups gather wearing their traditional clothing and perform folk dances that are particular to their region. At the end of the dancing they throw items to the crowd, products that come from the region they represent. It's funny because if you have not bought the pantry, you can go and come back with a lot of fruit and food for a month and you save a lot of money.
The word Guelaguetza means "offering" in the Zapotec language (This is my native language) That is the reason why I speak Zapotec.
The Guelaguetza festival as it is celebrated today is a combination of prehispanic celebrations of the corn goddess, Centeotl, and the Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which falls on July 16th. Similar when the people go to Feria Chiapa de Corzo and enjoy the festival of PARACHICOS.

Since colonial times the Guelaguetza festival has been celebrated on the Fortin Hill in Oaxaca (Cerro del Fortin) but it was so hot so when you arrived you really needed sunscreen, or maybe you wanted to have a tan.
Now the celebration has a special oratory.

...zabii stiidxa' ca binigula'sa' neza tiisi (This is Zapoteco, This is Oaxaca)
The language of the ancient Zapotec, will be known everywhere...


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Comment by Michael D. Brown on November 14, 2011 at 9:37pm

Nice work, Irving. Interesting and colorful.

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