Sunday, July 22, 2012

Your Sunday Best ~ #27 ~ Tlaxcalan Carnaval

¡Viva Mexico! Celebration
In cooperation with the Mexican Consulate, El Rancho de las Golondrinas,
a living history museum on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe,
celebrated the culture, cuisine and crafts of our colorful neighbor, Mexico.

We went out this morning to watch the Tlaxcalan Carnaval dancers,
enjoy Mexican cuisine, and admire the marvelous crafts of Mexico's indigenous people.

Tlaxcala’s carnival dances date back to the 17th and 18th centuries,
the era of the great haciendas owned by wealthy Spanish landowners.

The dances, with their elaborate costumes and striking masks,
were the common person’s chance to mock the fair-skinned rich,
their alien customs, their music and their lavish lifestyles.