A word on festivals and gatherings,
Around here there are a lot of festivals, parades, open market days, beuty queen pagents, more parades, religious and non religious, there is always something going on at the main town square or at a nearby community/village.
Over the past few months I have come to see that these gatherings play such and important role in keeping a community together. Something happens when the whole town gathers in one place to celebrate… you feel like you belong, you feel less lonely and more included, like you are part of something. You get to see familiar faces, whether you actually know them or not, you know them from seeing them around town. You get to ask your neighbors if they are going and it becomes a we thing instead of a me thing.
All these gatherings are free to everyone and so there is no reason not to attend, and most people do. Also at these events a lot of times there are people, the church, goverment or a store giving away snack and a glass of Agua Fresca (fruity water), a lot of times these are homemade snacks, like tamales or enchiladas etc. And when you don”t see a big banner from a company loooking for customers, just a table and some of the common faces you seen, well you feel cared for and something I can only describe as homey…
¡Viva la Vida!