Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day in Mexico is May 10 & in Ajijic, the official celebration includes a popular family afternoon at the rodeo.

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Mother’s Day, unsurprisingly, is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in Ajijic, Mexico.

Easily 1,000 people show up to the Mother’s Day event in the town’s lienzo charro for a fun-filled, family afternoon that includes moms wrestling heifers, competing in drinking games and dancing on a pole.

Cash and other prizes are given out, so the competition between moms during the heifer wrestling is real: the object is for a team to restrain the animal long enough to take off a bandanna that’s wrapped around its head.

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2018 Mother’s Day in Ajijic Information

The 2018 activities start in the Lienzo Charro Ajijic (Revolución #80) on Sunday, May 13, 2018, after 4:30 p.m.

Though Mother’s Day is May 10 in Mexico, this event is held the following Sunday to accommodate families and a big turnout.

Stay tuned to this space for when details are released about Mother’s Day 2019.

Last updated December 23, 2018

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Photos of Mother’s Day

In Ajijic, some families go to the bullring to participate in games and contests.

The object of this contest is to get a cord tied around this heifer's head.

Which isn't easy.

After the heifer is taken down it's necessary to restrain it long enough to fix a cord around its neck.

They slip the cord successfully over the heifer's head and around its neck.

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And the winners receive a cash prize of $500 pesos.

Other prizes are given out such as these dish sets.

Announcer Ernesto Gonzalez adds patter during the events to keep the crowd entertained.

Keeps in matching outfits keep busy in the dirt during the games on Mother's Day.

The stands are overflowed with people on Mother's Day, which is one of the most popular days of the year in the bullring.

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One of the contests is a pole dance contest. "Pole" has become a popular exercise trend for women in Mexico over the last few years.

A vaquero distracts a heifer to help rope it and return it to the bullpen after one of the games.

Juan Flores besieged by kids during Mother's Day in the Ajijic bullring.

Another game, for the kids, is the palo encebado, where kids stand on each other's shoulders to clamber up a (sometimes greased) pole.

At the top are fruits, paper products, Tupperware, aluminum foil, and other household products.

Vaqueros rope one of the heifers.

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