Only one month till Christmas. Can you believe it???
Yesterday we went into Teacapan for dinner with friends Rich and Tina. We found a wonderful little restaurant at the Marina, somewhere we hadn't yet run across in our explorations of the little town. The food was so so, but they made up for it with service and atmosphere. There were wooden tables and chairs with cloth table covers!! What a nice change - so far all we've seen is plastic everywhere!!
I've taken my camera everywhere and literally took pictures of nothing. Tonight we left the camera at home - and ended up in the middle of a celebration!! Doesn't that figure. Every man, woman and child (including babies - lots of babies) were in Teacapan to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season.
We arrived in the town square (after dinner) in time to catch the ending of an outside Church service. After the mass the crown dispersed a little and took part in the rest of the party. All around the town square were booths set up - carnival style. There were people playing games (throwing darts at a spinning circle; tossing coins on pictures; throwing marbles into holes with numbers) all in hopes of winning a small prize. All these games were hand made - quite incredible and archaic. There were food booths and live entertainment. And did I mention fireworks? They love their fireworks. There was fire in the sky and on the ground. People were running everywhere either trying to catch the sparks or get away from them. At one point there was a man, carrying a papier mache bull all lit up with fireworks, running through the crowd. The grand finale, more fireworks. A 20 ft high structure had been erected in the middle of the square and it was decked with fireworks on all four sides. Spinning fire, shooting fire, twirling fire - and it went off in sections - four in all. Couldn't see for smoke. We had a great time. It was wonderful to be able to take part in their celebration.
December 12th - is Guadalupe Day in Cristo Rey, a little community about a mile and a half from Teacapan. We've heard this is a great celebration as well, so we're going to try to get there for that too. We'll have to check our calendar - pencil it in!!