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2014 Lakeside activities & special events

In addition to the national holidays and celebrations that will be observed during 2014, there will be all kinds of special happenings going on in the Lake Chapala area.

Here’s a glance at some of the traditional fiestas patronales honoring religious patrons and important saints, plus other major wingdings that will crop up over the next 12 months:

January 1: New Year’s Day parade – Ajijic

January 6: Dia de Reyes (Epiphany) festivities.

January 7-19: Señor del Monte fiestas patronales – Jocotepec.*

January 17: San Antonio Abad festivity, blessing of domestic animals and pets.

January 20: San Sebastián fiesta – Ajijic.

February 2: Día de la Candelaria  (Candlemas) blessing of infants, religious objects.

February 9-11: Nuestra Señora de Lourdes fiestas patronales – Chapala.

February 14-16: 36th Mexican National Chili Cookoff – Tobolandia.*

February 17-March 1: Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival 2014 – Ajijic.*

February 21-March 4: Carnaval (Mardi Gras) celebrations – Chapala, Ajijic.*

March 11-19: San José fiestas patronales – Jocotepec.

April 11: Virgen de Dolores (Virgin of Sorrows) altar displays.*

April 13: Palm Sunday Processions.*

April 17: Maundy Thursday, Passion Play sequences begin – San Antonio Tlayacapan, Ajijic, Jocotepec.*

April 18: Good Friday processions and Passion Plays*

April 19: Holy Saturday observances, late night Easter Vigil and Resurrection Mass, followed by burning of Judas effigies.*

April 23: Día Internacional del Libro (World Book Day), public reading of a famous book – Chapala.

April 25-May 3: Santa Cruz fiestas patronales – Santa Cruz de la Soledad.

April 27-May 4: Señor del Guaje fiestas patronales – Jocotepec.*

May 3: Día de la Santa Cruz (Day of the Holy Cross), construction site parties, processions, altar displays.

June 1: Dia de la Marina (Navy Day) commemoration.

June 5-13: San Antonio de Padua fiestas patronales – San Antonio Tlayacapan.

June 11-13: Nuestra Señora de Fátima festivities – San Juan Cosalá.

June 16-24: San Juan Bautista fiestas patronales – San Juan Cosalá, San Juan Tecomatlán.

June 19: Corpus Christi procession – Jocotepec.*

June 19-27: Sagrado Corazón de Jesús fiestas patronales – La Canacinta.*

June 21-29: San Pedro Apóstol fiestas patronales – San Pedro Tesistán.

July 8-16: Nuestra Señora del Carmen fiestas patronales – Chapala.

July 20: Ajijic’s 18th Chupinaya mountain races will be the platform for the 2014 North American Central America Caribbean (NACAC) Mountain Running Championship.

July 17-25: Santo Santiago fiestas patronales – Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos.

August 7-15: Virgen de la Asunción fiestas patronales – Mezcala de la Asunción.

August 9-10: Feria del Membrillo (Quince Fair) – Atotonilquillo.*

September 13: Regata de Globos exhibition of paper balloon flying – Ajijic.*

September 14: Charro Day, equestrian parades and rodeo events.

September 15: Grito de Independencia celebrations.

September 16: Día de Independencia (Mexican Independence Day) civic parades

September 26-October 4: San Francisco de Asís fiestas patronales – Chapala.

October 1-31: Virgen del Rosario festivities – Ajijic.

November 1-2: Days of the Dead, altar displays and cultural events.

November 15-23: Cristo Rey fiestas patronales – Chapala.*

November 17: Revolución Mexicana (Mexican Revolution) holiday commemoration.

November 20: Revolution Day parades in some localities.

November 21-30: San Andrés fiestas patronales – Ajijic.

November 22: Santa Cecilia festivities, musicians honor their patron saint.

November 25: Heroic Defense of Mezcala Island commemoration – Mezcala de la Asunción.

November 28-December 6: San Nicolás de Bari fiestas patronales – San Nicolás de Ibarra.

December 12: Virgin of Guadalupe processions and altar displays.

December 16-24: Christmas Posada celebrations.

December 31: New Year’s Eve street parties


* Moveable feasts, dates change from year to year.

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