Calenda in the colonia Dec 11, 2010 16:23:22 GMT
Post by bixaorellana on Dec 11, 2010 16:23:22 GMT
Towns and cities here are divided into named colonias of varying sizes. I like mine because it's not too big and is divided into small blocks.
My immediate neighborhood is four short streets around a playing field, with a tiny church on the corner closest to me.
This picture was taken in November inside the chapel. That's my car parked in front of my house and my dog Ginger sniffing around the chapel steps.
But now it's December, season of many religious festivals, and all festivals here mean lots of fireworks. Religious festivals aren't just celebrated on one day, but on several leading up to the actual feast day. Talk about a Pavlovian response -- now, the moment the church bell starts ringing, Ginger races into the house to avoid the loud bangs he knows are coming.
The past week has not been happy for him, as a neighbor child's birthday party was quickly followed by the feast of the Immaculate Conception, which bumps right into the festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe. (actual day, December 12)
He knew the marquee being set up in the street in front of the church boded ill for his ears, and eagerly jumped into the car yesterday evening so we could go feed a friend's dogs.
On returning, there were people streaming toward the chapel. A neighbor urged me to come, too: "We're going to take the calenda through the whole colonia!"
Las Mañanitas para la virgincita
The band plays, people and monos dance and twirl ~~
And we're off, following the float, the band, and the dancers.
We're just rounding the corner down from the church. That's the house shown at the end of the street in the OP.
(no precipitation -- lint on the lens picked up by the low light shot)
We'll wend up these very dark streets a couple of blocks until we come to the big main road.