¿Madrugar para poder llegar a la fiesta?, si, eso pensé, la verdad me pesaba mucho la idea de despertar a las 5 am el único día que me podría despertar tarde pero algo me decía que iba a valer la pena, al platicárselo con mi amigo Sergio se animó a ir también.
Gracias a toda la gente de San Juan Bautista Guelache por ese gran trato.
I wasn’t so sure about going, waking up at 5 am on a Sunday it’s a big deal for me, but once my friend Sergio told me that he wanted to join me I knew it was going to be fun.
It took us about 45 minutes to get to San Juan Guelache Oaxaca, It was still dark by the time we got there.
As time passed by, more and more people were gathering around the church, most of the women came carrying a large basket over their head, some of them with flowers others with candies and even another baskets had fireworks.
While Sergio and I were talking, there was this man that approached to us and gave us mezcal, I didn’t want to be rude and say no, we took it and drank it right after I checked that it was only 7:30 am. I don’t remember drinking that early.
The procession started at 9 am and the band was leading the people, behind them there was the mayordomo (the person who ran whit all the expenses) followed by some large puppet figures, then a saint figure carried by 4 young guys and then the women with their baskets.
Suddenly the procession stopped for a moment while the band were still playing, then some men started to pour water on a lady’s head and shoulders in order to prepare her, she was about light up the fireworks of her basket.
Then we walked for about an hour before we got to the house of the mayordomo, there we got breakfast served together with about 3,000 people, it was a huge event.
Right after breakfast, we walked all the way back under a light rain and make a quick stop at somebodies house, there we got fresh fruit in slices before we made the last stop were they gave ice cream y traditional deserts.
It was 1.30 pm when we all walked back to the church. At that time we were very tired so we drove back home to take a shower and long nap because planned to return at night woth two more friends and eyewitness the fireworks.
Without a doubt this was a great experience and a good opportunity to take pictures. I really love to rediscover Oaxaca.