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Fiesta de San Sebastián

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Though the town of Ajijic already has St. Andrew as its patron saint, the neighborhood barrio of San Sebastián also celebrates St. Sebastián with a parade and all-night fiesta every January 20.

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The fiesta for San Sebastián is a celebration for the patron saint of one of Ajijic’s six barrios or neighborhoods, San Sebastián.

Each January 20, several families in the neighborhood sponsor the fiesta, which includes a procession, music, a confetti egg fight, and the first appearance in the calendar year of Ajijic’s masked sayacas. The tradition was started about 30 years ago.

Procession Route

The procession starts at 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Marcos Castellanos and Emiliano Zapata Streets and goes to the plaza for a short church service before returning to where the parade started. Then people throw confetti-filled eggs at each other before the night settles into music and dancing outside.

Last updated January 7, 2019

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Photos of Fiesta de San Sebastián

Aztec dancers perform in front an altar for San Sebastián before the procession for San Sebastián on January 20 in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

A man sells cotton candy during the fiesta for San Sebastián.

Parishioners carry an image of San Sebastián through the streets of Ajijic during the late afternoon procession.

The Fiesta de San Sebastián is the first time in the calendar year that the town's masked sayacas make an appearance.

The sayacas are a unique Carnival tradition that originated in Ajijic about 50 years ago.

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The procession for San Sebastián underway.

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A boy dressed as San Sebastián rides on a donkey during the parade.

One of the concheras (Aztec dancers) during the procession.

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Aztec dancers dance before entering the chapel on the Ajijic plaza. The procession arrives at the church, where it stops for about 15 minutes.

At the plaza, the image of San Sebastián is brought into the church.

A banda plays a song after the image of Saint Sebastian is placed on the church altar for a few minutes.

One of the sayacas during the procession. Many of the men who dress up as a sayaco choose to dress as the female version with a dress, purse, and balloons for a bosom.

A man dressed as a sayaca lifts his dress during the Fiesta de San Sebastián in Ajijic.

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José Romero dressed as a sayaco.

A boy dressed as a sayaca. Learn more about the sayacas.

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