Guelaguetza - Thanksgiving in Oaxaca

This thanksgiving ceremony named Guelaguetza, I word whose meaning is precisely "to give", "to gift" or "to share" in Zapotec language.

The state of Oaxaca is one of Mexico's richest in cultural terms. Formed by more than 570 municipalities, its territory is home to 16 indigenous ethnic groups who meet every year in the capital Oaxaca to thank crops and blessings.

This thanksgiving ceremony named Guelaguetza, I word whose meaning is precisely "to give", "to gift" or "to share" in Zapotec language. The Guelaguetza is composed of a set of folk dances, cultural events and other celebrations that animate the entire city by the end of July and early August.

The main celebrations of the Guelaguetza are held twice a day for two consecutive mondays, known as the "Lunes del Cerro". In these two days, a large number of local and foreign visitors attend the Guelaguetza Auditorium, located in the Cerro del Fortin, less than 2 km from the historic center, to contemplate an emotional dance, music and color.

In 2016, the "Lunes del Cerro" will be on 25 July and 1 August. Both dates have the opportunity to attend either the morning or afternoon, to live the celebrations of the Guelaguetza 2016. Marvel at the colorful costumes, lively dances and traditional music of one of the most emblematic festivities country.

Auditorio Guelaguetza has a limited capacity of approximately 11 thousand people. If you plan to visit the city at this time, it is best to ensure in advance your reservation at a hotel near the center.