¡Viva La Fiesta! Mexican Traditions of Celebration

Exhibit - Artifacts | October 13, 2017 – February 1, 2018 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, The Bancroft Library Gallery

 Bancroft Library

¡Viva la Fiesta! explores the cycle of traditional religious and
patriotic celebrations that have for centuries marked the
Mexican calendar. The exhibition draws on unique historical
representations of the fiestas and examines their relationship
to communal identities, national politics, religious practices,
and indigenous customs. These original materials, which are
preserved in the Bancroft Latin Americana Collection and date from the sixteenth century to the present, include
early baptismal records in Spanish and Nahuatl, images of
Christmas pastorelas and posadas, sermons honoring local
patron saints, and accounts of Marian devotions, such as the
annual festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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