The first and second days of November mark one of the most important cultural and religious events on Mexico’s annual calendar: Day of the Dead, a festival that emphasizes remembrance of past lives and celebration of the continuity of life. Traditionally, November 1st honors deceased children and November 2nd honors deceased adults.
An important tradition that surrounds the occasion is the creation of an ofrenda – an offering – that usually manifests as an altar in people’s homes. The alter is layered and features photographs of the remembered dead, religious symbols, traditional foods enjoyed by the remembered, and other decorations including caramelized pumpkin, small sugar skulls, and Mexican orange marigold flowers called cempaxochitl—colloquially referred to as flor de muerto.
Another traditional food oftentimes found on ofrendas is Pan de Muerto: literally translated, Bread of the Dead.
Like Easter eggs, or turkey dinner at Thanksgiving, Bread of the Dead is a treat that people look forward to when it arrives and miss when its season passes. In years past, Pan de Muerto was only available between late September and early November; however, Mexican supermarkets, in their constant drive to ‘de-seasonalize’ product lines and extend their sales opportunities, Pan de Muerto can now be purchased from supermarkets as early as August and as late as December in some places.
Bread of the Dead is like any other bread—except that it has a few treats added into the mixture which serve to make it special. The generous quantity of butter mixed into the bake, accompanied by a citrus glaze and a good helping of sugar dusted on top make this particular loaf a high calorie sweet feast that, when fresh, also happens to melt deliciously on the tongue.
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The port of San Felipe is a small town historically dependent on fishing and now on tourism, catering mostly to U.S. travelers and containing an international airport (small plans only).
The population of San Felipe was 16,702 at the 2010 census, and can increase by up to 5,000 due to the presence of Canadian and U.S. part-time residents (retirees and vacation homeowners), who travel to the town from the United States during the American holidays spring break and Memorial Day.
The Bay of San Felipe is 3 meters above sea level. At low tide, the water can recede as much as 2 km. San Felipe experiences one of the largest tidal bores in the world due in part to the Colorado Riverdelta to the north. The seven-meter tides expose a kilometer of ocean floor.
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Thanksgiving is not a local holiday here in Baja. Since this is an important day for Americans, there are American get-togethers planed for this day. One such get-together is the Thanksgiving potluck at El Dorado Ranch Resort. This is a great event for new residents to meet their neighbors as well as long term residents to see old friends.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
20 de Noviembre Events
Revolution Day in Mexico is marked with parades and civic ceremonies throughout the country. There is a large parade in Mexico City‘s Zocalo, as well as speeches and official ceremonies. San Felipe’s main parade will be on Sunday. In cities and towns throughout Mexico schoolchildren dressed as revolutionaries participate in local parades.
Why November 20?
The revolution began in 1910, initiated by Francisco I. Madero to oust President Porfirio Diaz who had been in power for over 30 years. Francisco Madero was one of many people in Mexico who were tired of Diaz’ authoritarian rule,. Along with his cabinet, Diaz was aging while holding tightly to the reins of the country. Madero formed the Anti-Reelectionist Party and ran against Diaz, but the elections were rigged and Diaz won again. Diaz had Madero jailed in San Luis Potosi. Upon his release, he fled to Texas where he wrote the Plan of San Luis Potosi, which urged the people to rise up in arms against the government in order to re-install democracy in the country.
Outcome of the Mexican Revolution
In 1911, Porfirio Diaz accepted defeat and left office. He departed for Paris where he remained in exile until his death in 1915 at the age of 85. Francisco Madero was elected president in 1911, but he was assassinated just two years later. The fighting of the revolution would continue until 1920, and even beyond that.
The motto of the revolutionaries was “Sufragio Efectivo – No Reelección” which means Effective Suffrage, No Reelection. This motto is still in use in Mexico today, and remains an important feature of the political landscape. Mexican presidents serve for a single six year term and are not eligible for re-election.