Carnival and Good Friday in Puebla

At Puebla city and its surroundings Carnival is celebrated with rich and historical tradition where Native and Spanish elements are combined 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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The 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: March 1st, 2017 and February 14th, 2018.

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: April 14th, 2017 and March 30th, 2018.

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Week before Ash Wednesday

Puebla Carnival

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

Week before Ash Wednesday

Huejotzingo Carnival

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

Week before Ash Wednesday

Tlaxcala Carnival

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

Procession of Silence

Puebla Good Friday

Over a hundred thousand of devotees from home and abroad participated in the Good Friday Procession as every year takes place in the streets of the historic center of the city and the faith of thousands of Catholics is overwhelmed. These images are adorned and loaded on a stretcher through the streets.

The "Virgen de la Soledad" leading the procession and will led exclusively by women; followed by "Jesus of the Three Falls" (Parish of Analco); then the beautiful image of the "Virgen de los Dolores" (Temple of Carmen) carried by parishioners of her brotherhood; then "Jesus of Nazareth" (Parish of San Jose) and finally the venerated image of the "Lord of Wonders" (Temple of Santa Monica), the latter two are ported and followed by the brothers of the Nazarenes Brotherhood.

The rescue of the procession was done in the immediate period after the founding of our city and was suspended in 1856, turning to resume until 1992 as the rebirth of one of the richest traditions of Puebla. Request Good Friday in Puebla

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Join Cooking Class!

Some people visiting Puebla want a true culinary experience in a family situation that represents the real love for the Mexican roots and traditions. Many times we visit a place and see it just like a place of beautiful monuments and history but forget that there are families who enjoy and play and work and love and share who they are. This is why cooking class is offered, as an special and personal experience. Half-day cooking class package includes: Tour in Puebla market, instructor, round transfer, ingredients, printed recipes, taste and fun.

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