Do what you can to make it to Oaxaca (pronounced ‘wa-HA-ca'), about 460 km south of Mexico City, at the time of the famous Guelaguetza festival, which means ‘reciprocal giving' in the Zapotec language. For centuries, in the last days of July, Indians have come from all regions surrounding the city of Oaxaca, the capital of the state of the same name, to celebrate what is also known as the Lunes del Cerro (‘Mondays of the Hill‘).
As these peoples do not have the means to celebrate major life events— births, weddings, or funerals—in the ways they may wish, they instead come to town as they have for generations in order to celebrate once a year through large events, rich in traditional ritual music, folk dances, and colourful costumes. Given the success of these festivities, it is safer to buy your tickets in advance at the tourist office.
From 25 July to 1 August 2016