Carnival in Mexico

Puebla and its surroundings (Huejotzingo and Tlaxcala) have some of the most traditional and oldest Carnival celebrations of Mexico. Carnival is celebrated with elaborated dances and customs where historical tradition combine Native and Spanish sources in a interesting and unique mix of colors and symbols. This is a great opportunity to visit places that are not been explored during the week before Ash Wednesday.

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Municipality of Puebla, the municipality of Huejotzingo (30 minutes from Puebla) and different municipalities of the State of Tlaxcala (30 to 60 minutes from Puebla) might schedule their carnival celebrations according to the local needs. Therefore, it is highly suggested to confirm with Carlos Rivero before scheduling the tour. Ash Wednesday is celebrated in different dates every year. These are the following dates: February 14th, 2018 and March 2nd, 2019.

Good Friday Procession is celebrated according to regular calender starting around 10 am in a very define circuit around Cathedral of Puebla and center blocks of the historic center. These are the following dates: March 30th, 2018 and April 19th, 2019.

List of Carnival

Huejotzingo | Historical, Noisy & Fancy Customs

Huejotzingo

March 1st to 5th, 2019

Huejotzingo carnival starts four days before Ash Wednesday. No one knows exactly how the carnival held in the colonial era, where dancers known as "Huehues" were dating to recreate antique Aztec battles called "Guerras Floridas" (flower wars) when Prehispanic warriors were capturing prisoners for human sacrifice to the gods. They adopted forms of battalions of soldiers who were named in diverse ways, according to the custom design, such as Turks, Soaves (French soldiers), Zacapoaxtlas, Apaches (or Indians) and Zapadores (sappers) and armed with noisy muskets. By then, old Huehues were replaced. Huejotzingo Carnival celebration is divided in three moments with the own recreation: 1st. French intervention in Mexico, memorial of the Mexican army's victory over the French on May 5th, 1862 in Puebla City (5 deMayo). 2nd. Kidnapping of city mayor's daughter by a bandit. 3rd. Indian wedding, known as and the first Catholic wedding rite taken place in Americas. Request Huejotzingo Carnival

Puebla | Historical

Puebla

March 1st to 5th, 2019

Carnival in Puebla takes place in the old city neighborhoods and downtown. The origin of the celebration goes back to the strong presence of native groups in the city since the first settlement. The native workers, living next to the Spanish Puebla ruling caste, were segregated then they celebrated their own carnival by satirizing on the high society with clothes and masks. Request Puebla Carnival

Tlaxcala | Spread Out & Fancy Customs

Tlaxcala

March 1st to 5th, 2019

Carnival fiestas in Tlaxcala take place in different towns throughout the state of same name. The origin of the celebrations goes back to times when local natives were watching the Spanish landowners celebrating carnival in luxurious parties where natives were excluded, therefore natives celebrated the own the carnival by dancing on the streets or churches or plazas and wearing colorful clothes and masks to make fun on the Spaniards. Dancers are grouped in “Camadas” (dance group) of "Huehues" (dancers), who dance long periods of time and are recognized for their spectacular costume designs such as: "Charros" from Papalotla, Mazatecochco, Acuitapilco and Tepeyanco; "Catrines" from Santa Cruz Contla and Panotla; "Yauhquemecan"; "Chivarrudos" from Zacatelco; "Cintas" from Totolac and "Cuchillos" from Toluca de Guadalupe. Request Tlaxcala Carnival

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Puebla Cooking Class

Pick up half day for fun hands-on cooking lessons on the Mexican cuisine arts for 3 hour class with a local cook in Puebla, Mexico. Lety Vergara is an experienced cook that takes you to a traditional local market for a broad overview of local ingredients and flavours before you whip up authentic Mexican dishes. Or, upgrade to "State of Art" seasonal dishes in Puebla Cuisine and spend more time in Lety's kitchen.

Cost: 75 USD per person / 99 USD per couple, limited occupancy