Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Fiesta for Our Lady of the Rosary

At a Glance

Most towns in Mexico have their own patron saint & Virgin which people celebrate each year with multi-day fiestas. Ajijic’s patroness is Our Lady of the Rosary, who is honored for the entire month of October, culminating in a grand procession & festival on October 31.

Photos

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

A conchero, or Aztec dancer, wears an elaborate headdress made of pheasant feathers during the 2013 Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. The dancers take part in many of Mexico's Roman Catholic holidays, which to this day continue to incorporate many pre-hispanic, pagan customs.

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

An Aztec dancer dances in traditional dress and face paint during the 2014 Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. The dreamy effect in this partial serious of photos presented here is created entirely in-camera, thanks to the rhythmic movements of the dancer during the long exposure (usually between 1/4 to 1/2 second for best results). Standard adjustments are done in Lightroom.

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary

Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary