written by Valerie www.thepickledonionyucatan.com
November 20th marks the anniversary of Mexican revolution of 1910. All over México the people were celebrating this day and of course St Elena was no exception. Friday 19th November was the parade of the children. They were so cute that whilst watching them it brought tears to my eyes but I noticed as I was walking along the street taking photos I wasn’t the only one. I passed a mother with her children wiping away her tears of emotion. I smiled and looked at her and said yes me too!
The next day was the older children’s turn to parade in the streets. I think all the town was out see this one. Some of the dresses were spectacular and you can imagine the time it takes to design and make these clothes.
According to the daily publication of Diario de Yucatan ,a 110 years old lady remembers stories that her father told about the revolution in the age of slavery of the poor peoples.They were mis treated by the rich put in chains and made to work from 3 am in the morning til late.
They fought the military in their small town ,who had hidden in the church with their guns. But when they left to find water they were attacked by the locals and killed.
She remembers when 5 centavos was worth a lot of money and were able to buy many things. She said that part of the war / revolution was created by the raising of prices of food.
Last night ,in front of the Palacio ,there was a re inaction of the ancient dances and ceremonies of the Maya with drums ,blowing of the conch shell to celebrate the equinox and the full moon. It was the first time since I have lived here that they have had such thing. Sadly I couldn’t attend as we were too busy in the restaurant but we could hear the music at this distance.
This morning I heard the ceremony to greet the rising sun but again because I had clients staying the night I had to stay behind to make breakfast. Oh well next I hope.
St Elena now has its own web site ,a leap into the cyber world.
Its in English and Spanish so check it out !