Huichapan

All around Mexico preparations are being made for the big Bicentenario celebrations. And also a few celebrations for the hundredth anniversary of the Revolution, which are being overshadowed a little by the former. So basically, what I am saying is that there are masses of signs, unfinished building projects, spaghetti like second tiers of roads that look a year or more from completion at best. Will anything be ready in time? I have my doubts.

Except for the little town of Huichapan in the State of Hidalgo. Will they be ready in time for Septemeber? They’re ready now. The road there from the main highway, which for years was only part paved, and pot holed where it was, has been fixed. What the little boys living alongside it will do for money now I don’t know. They used to move mud from one hole to another in a deceptive play at fixing something in the hope of a peso or two from passers by.

Huichapan has some decent history associated with the war of Independence, and have a little house with a balcony from where the Grito de Dolores is given every year, as it has been since 1812 I believe. When Quintana Roo was in attendance indeed. Or so my memory tells me. As always, whenever I draw upon my memory to tell a tale, it’s worth checking up to make sure I have it right!

Anyway, that house has been refurbished and is open to the public, along with and archaeological museum next door. The town is clean. It’s ready. I think we may well go there for the Independence Day celebrations. We usually do, with the exception of last year. It’s busy, safe and buzzes with the excitement of 100,000 people who have little else to get excited about the rest of the year, when it is quiet and moves with the pace you’d expect of a small provincial town. Which is to say it barely seems to move. So how come they are the only ones who are ready already!?  I took some black and white photos set at widescreen, just to make a change – click here to see them.

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  • From a long time I have wanted to visit Huichapan (my dad is from Hidalgo), but I believe that to go in this time of the year is not a good idea, my cousin says the heat of Huichapan is infernal.

  • You’re not the only one who has wondered if it will all be done in time. I was wondering that myself while we were wandering around on my last visit.

    But I guess we’ll see. And if not, well, maybe they can postpone the Bicentenario.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Which is famous for starting some kind of public work, then abandoning it mid-project for months or years, only to resume at some point far in the future.

    • Alternatively, they could stop work and leave the various projects unfinished, and point to the Zocalo as their inspiration and declare their efforts to be in keeping with tradition! 🙂

  • Have faith Gary… It can be done, The Bicentenial will be BIG, I suggest that you buy earplugs as there will be plenty of fireworks.
    Since the Revolution started in Puebla, when 200 federales blew away the entire Serdan family in their home in 1910, you can expect the biggest celebration there.
    I went to Puebla 4 weeks ago and teams of painters, were painting every house within 6 blocks in every direction from the Zocalo…sure looks nice now. Also they were repaving streets downtown.
    Here in Tlaxcala they are building a huge new Cultural Center & across from the zoo a mega mall…. I guess this means goodbye to Mom & Pops taco stand on the corner.
    Have a nice Revolution….

    • Well Puebla sounds like it has advanced a lot more than Mexico City….you should see the new second tier road works in the north of the city! But I don’t doubt it – September will be big! Whether I go to the Zocalo in DF or Huichapan, there’ll be plenty of fireworks.

      Is the Revolution a bigger event in Puebla than Independence Day?

      • I think they will both be huge this year… wear goggles at independence day celebrations, they love to throw confetti in your face. For sure the Prez will be in Puebla tomorrow for Cinco de Mayo…(3 hour parade)…and on Revolution Day (Nov. 18th). Lookme up & I{ll show you around.

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