Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

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Chapala’s nine-day novenario for its patron saint, Saint Francis, including daily processions & nightly music with fireworks castles.

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Just like most of Mexico, each town at Lake Chapala has its own patron saint and patroness.

Each usually gets its own traditional nine-day novenario, which includes daily processions with Aztec dancers, music, fireworks, and carnival rides.

Chapala’s patron saint is Saint Francis, whose novenario starts on September 26 and lasts until October 4. Each day is sponsored by a different group of people in the town, such as gardeners, carpenters, masons, bus drivers or garbage workers.

Evening Processions

The procession each evening for the first eight days starts at 6:30 p.m. near the 7-11 on Francisco Madero, except for the last night when it begins at 6:00 p.m. and starts in front of Church San Francisco at the malecón.

Final Fiesta Day Procession Route


The procession route on the final day of the nine-day novenario for Saint Francis is a little different than the one above. It starts in front of Church San Francisco instead of the 7-11, proceeds north on Francisco Madero until it reaches the 7-11, then turns and heads back towards the malecón to end at the church for an outdoor mass.

Last updated April 26, 2019

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