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Huehue Atlixcayotl recalls traditions of central Mexico

Puebla, Mexico, Dec 20 (EFE).- With dances, touring the main streets of the municipality of Atlixco, in the central Mexican state of Puebla, the recreation of the oldest festival in the region began, the Huehue Atlixcayotl, which originated in 1965.

Carnival-goers and “huehues” gathered to begin their tour of Hidalgo Avenue to reach the Plaza de Armas, where they invited visitors to the city and the Atlixqueses to go up San Miguel Hill and dance to remember the history of their town amid music and dances.

The so-called “Old Festival of Atlixco” is recognized for being the initiator of the “Huey Atlixcayotl,” celebrated on the last weekend of September and which, for the first time, will be presented in the “Plazuela de la Danza,” in the Cerro de San Miguel, in the central Mexican state of Puebla.

With music, rhythm was given to all the contingents that passed amid ovations and applause from those who gathered to watch them pass and learn a little more about the dances and the cultural objective of the invited towns of the region of Valle, Valle Central, Sierra Norte, as well as the guest state of Tlaxcala, who will present a Carnival Festival.

At the top of the hill, the “Woman of the Flowers” was crowned, represented by an elderly woman, who gave a message in Nahuatl, in which she mentioned these traditions have to endure, since they have survived since his grandparents, which speaks of the fact that it is a deep-rooted history of his town.

Once the formal event was over, the dances began, beginning with the “pleasants,” who go in pairs: the men are dressed in striped pants, black and white, and a white camisole; the women with long skirts, carrying a basket full of fruit or sweets they fan at the end of their presentation, since it represents shared abundance.

Subsequently, the “chinelos” came out, originally from the state of Morelos and who represent the quarrels that have existed between the Spanish and indigenous people.

Then they danced to characters loved by all Mexicans, the “huehues,” who represent the wisest people and who take to the streets before Holy Week to represent the mundane life in which society lives.

In the same way, the “carnivaleros” delighted with their dances, who with brilliant costumes represent the fight that took place against the French army in 1862 during the Battle of Puebla.

To close the show, the “flyers of Xochiapulco,” who thanked the four cardinal points, flew with torches to represent the main elements: earth, water and fire. EFE


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