Pinata store

Pinata store

It’s 6 AM, and big fireworks are going off, (either that, or it’s a revolution) and church bells are ringing all over the city. What on earth? So I checked the paper, and sure enough, it’s the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. OK… Anyway, fireworks (even if I can’t see them from here) is a pretty cool way to start the day.

According to the paper, next up is Dec 12 – the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe– one of my favorites. On that day, all little girls (and big girls!) named Guadalupe (Lupe, Lupita, whatever) get to lord it over the rest of us. OLG is omnipresent in Mexico and I expect this will be quite a celebration.

Then comes Posada, Dec 16-24, which is celebrated a bit like trick-or-treating, but also w/a little Mary & Joseph & a burro. I’m hoping that in my n’hood, the tradition is observed. (I did see 2 burros on the street yesterday, but they were working.)

Then Solstice/Yule on the 21st (I’m not sure how/if that will be celebrated here?)

And of course Christmas, followed by Epiphany…

So this is an excellent time of year for the family that runs the pinata shop down the street. The whole shop is filled with all kinds of wrapped candies to go in pinatas, as well as the pinatas themselves. Most of the candies are completely unfamiliar to me, so I got a couple kinds to try. So far, I’m not a fan. But maybe they taste better after they’ve been beaten out of a pinata?

Here’s hoping your December is full of things to celebrate.

3 Responses to “Celebrations!”

  1. Brad says:

    Ouzo is an acquired taste. So is limonciello (sp?). So, maybe, is pinata candy. But then, since the analogies that sprang to my mind involve spirits, maybe those candies are better with tequila, or mezcal, or ?? Your loyal readers are trusting you to do the research…

  2. Sara says:

    I actually like ouzo & limoncello. But tequila most definitely doesn’t like me. And mescal? Hmm… Haven’t tried that yet.

    But it’s the artificial flavors & super-sweetness in the candy that are doing me in, and somehow mixing that w/any form of alcohol sounds like instant diabetes.

  3. Brad says:

    So – adult pinata filled with miniatures of one’s favorite beverages. While you’re googling the stars of the immortal (ha!) TV series “The Cisco Kid,” google “Mexican liquor” or similar. Indeed, you are in a culturally rich area in more ways than one!