Another corrida (bullfight) starts May 13th in St Elena. If you have never seen one its quite an experience and another excuse for partying .The corridas are usually connected to a religious festival and all around the Yucatan you will see the man made bullrings being built.
St Elena of course is no exception and this one will be held for the patron saint of this small pueblo, San Mateo (Saint Michael). The effigy of San Mateo will be taken down from his niche in the church around 4 am on May 13th with the sound of fireworks to announce the beginning of the procession and then a mas will be said..
. The corrida is set up in the playing field in front of the small chapel. They used to have the corridas in front of the main church and the palacio a few years back but a change was in need.
The main events of course will be the bullfights usually starting when the sun goes down around 5 pm lasting until around 10 pm,then off home to shower and change ready for the evening dances.
The first night they will hold the vaqueria , a traditional dance with all participants usually wearing the traditional dress of the Yucatan . Again you will hear the sounds of fireworks announcing the start of the dance. The Azteca orchestra will strike up the music around midnight or so and the custom is that the dance continues into the early morning hours. People are invited from around the area to participate coming as far as Bolenchen in Campeche state,Tekax, Cozuma, Muna.When they arrive they are announced officially and parade around the dance area to applauds from other visitor and locals.Its very elegant to watch.
Monday will be the last day of the festival but as in the past if the people enjoy the whole affair it just may carry over to another day or even to the next weekend.
One cannot forget one of the main highlights of the bullfights and that is to queue up for the infamous chocolomo .What’s this you may ask? Well, usually the first bull of the fight is killed (only the first one) taken out of the ring, skinned, cut up and then hung up for sale. As I mentioned before there is always a line up for this (warm) meat .Not to my taste really but heh! I’m not Yucatecan either ha! Ha!
As the corrida is helped by the beer company Sol all the beer places in town will be closed while this event is ongoing……….. What does that mean? Maybe a few drunks at the corrida as it will be the only place to buy beer or at the dances but that’s what makes it more interesting sometimes .So along with music,noise,squeals and shouting at the bulls or whoever is around a good time will be had by all .