Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Fiestas de San Francisco

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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.

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

Last updated December 17, 2018

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