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Have a Baja Moment! Traditional Fiestas in Bahia Asuncion

Have a Baja Moment! Traditional Fiestas in Bahia Asuncion

Traditional Fiestas in Bahia Asuncion

Bahia Asuncion’s Traditional Fiestas are scheduled for August 15th-19th, 2013.

Summer is fiesta time in Baja Sur. Now that the kids are out of school or home from college, each village sets aside a few days to celebrate…usually on the birthday of the saint the town was named after. Here in Bahia Asuncion, our Traditional Fiestas, or Las Fiestas Tradicionales, are held around the 15th of August, the Day of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. The official dates for this year’s fiestas are August 15th-19th.

Traditional Fiestas in Bahia Asuncion

On the first day of the fiestas, the statue of the Virgin Mary is removed from her pedestal and paraded through the village.

On the first day of the fiestas, the statue of the Virgin Mary is removed from her pedestal in the local Catholic church and paraded through the village, as well as being taken for a panga tour around Asuncion Island. The parade leads about 100 horses in a Cabalgata, which is like a car rally, but with horses.  The cowboys and cowgirls don their fancy western attire, and horses and their riders come from far and wide to participate. Typically, there are over a hundred riders in the Cabalgata. The procession ends at the church, where the participants are blessed. A feast follows in the evening. The queen of the fiestas is crowned at the opening ceremony, and folkloric dancers and other performers take the stage with a live band.

Traditional Fiestas in Bahia Asuncion

The traditional parade includes a “Cabalgata,” a procession of over 100 riders on horseback.

The fiestas last for four days, all of which are packed full of activities for the entire family. There are sporting events on the beach, and a fishing tournament scheduled for Sunday, Aug.18. The marine quarry is yellowtail and calico bass, and the tournament is open to the public for a nominal entrance fee. Cash prizes are awarded in several categories, which include adult, kids in pangas, and shore fishing. The fish is cooked up afterwards at a big community BBQ (with live music, of course!).

Traditional Fiestas in Bahia Asuncion

A fishing tournament is scheduled for Sunday, August 18th, with prizes in a variety of categories.

The fiestas also features horse races, rodeos, and car & motorcycle races, as well as a midway with food booths and rides for the kids. There is also music everywhere, with roving bands at every event, and nightly dances with live entertainment.

Traditional Fiestas in Bahia Asuncion

Live music is present at virtually every event during the Traditional Fiestas.

It is a very lively festival and the village is full of visiting families from the surrounding ranches and villages. So if you happen to be in central Baja around the middle of August, come stay with us and enjoy the festivities!

Traditional Fiestas in Bahia Asuncion

If you’re in Bahia Asuncion during the middle of August, come join the party!

 

 

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About Shari Bondy

Shari Bondy has lived in Central Baja for over 20 years, and in Bahía Asuncion for 10 years. She and her husband, Juan both love Baja and play a very active role in their local community. Shari is involved in the gray whale research in Bahia, in addition to being a tour guide, English teacher, sailor and a tourism operator.

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