Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Mother’s Day 2019

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In Ajijic, the celebrations for Mother’s Day include games & contests, such as moms wrangling heifers, during a popular family afternoon at the rodeo.

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

Easily more than 1,000 people show up to the Mother’s Day event in Ajijic’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.

Watch the video to see this team of moms get the job done:

2019 Mother’s Day in Ajijic Information

The 2019 Mother’s Day activities in Ajijic start in the lienzo charro (Revolución #80) on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 5 p.m. The cost is $50 pesos for men, free for women and children under 15. Though Mother’s Day is officially May 10 in Mexico, this event in Ajijic is always held on a weekend to accommodate families and a big turnout.

This is the location of the lienzo charro:

Last updated May 1, 2019

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Revolución #80

Ajijic

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Photos of Mother’s Day 2019

In Ajijic, some families go to the bull riding ring, called el lienzo charro, to participate in games and contests for Mother's Day.

In Ajijic, some families go to the bull riding ring, called el lienzo charro, to participate in games and contests for Mother's Day.

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

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

Which isn't easy.

Which isn't easy.

Mothers close-in on one of the heifers, which like to charge.

Mothers close-in on one of the heifers, which like to charge.

Finally, one of the participants nerves-up and grabs the heifer using the blanket.

Finally, one of the participants nerves-up and grabs the heifer using the blanket.

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Masked Zayacos of Ajijic

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

After the heifer is taken down it's necessary to restrain it long enough to remove the bandana or rope around its neck.

They slip the cord successfully from around its neck and over its head.

They slip the cord successfully from around its neck and over its head.

And the winners receive a cash prize of $500 pesos. The amount varies from year to year depending on how many contests there are, how much money was donated to the pot, and how much the crowd says to give out.

And the winners receive a cash prize of $500 pesos. The amount varies from year to year depending on how many contests there are, how much money was donated to the pot, and how much the crowd says to give out.

Other prizes are given out such as these dish sets.

Other prizes are given out such as these dish sets.

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

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

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

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 lienzo charro.

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

Pole dancing, in front of a good chunk of the town, is one of the activities that go on in the lienzo charro for Mother's Day in Ajijic. It takes a lot of self-assuredness to perform in front of your friends, family and 1,200 of your fellow town members.

Pole dancing, in front of a good chunk of the town, is one of the activities that go on in the lienzo charro for Mother's Day in Ajijic. It takes a lot of self-assuredness to perform in front of your friends, family and 1,200 of your fellow town members.

'Pole,' as it's simply called here, has become a semi-popular exercise trend for women in some places in Mexico over the last few years.

"Pole," as it's simply called here, has become a semi-popular exercise trend for women in some places 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.

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

A vaquero dodges the horns of a heifer during the heifer wrangling contest.

A vaquero dodges the horns of a heifer during the heifer wrangling contest.

Vaqueros rope one of the heifers.

Vaqueros rope one of the heifers.

Juan Flores, our town's delegado (similar to the mayor), is besieged by kids during Mother's Day in the Ajijic bull riding ring.

Juan Flores, our town's delegado (similar to the mayor), is besieged by kids during Mother's Day in the Ajijic bull riding ring.

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

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.

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

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