The Huapango Feast. Meeting of the Huasteca

Jesús Virrueta

The Feast of the “Meeting of the Huasteca ” has been running for 24 years during the last week of November , brings together the top talent and exponents of the Huasteca of Veracruz, Tamaulipas,  Hidalgo , Puebla , Queretaro and San Luis Potosi and other regions and countries. It consolidates as a diffusion space, rescue and preservation of the Huasteca culture.Image

La Huasteca  is formed by the states of Veracruz , Tamaulipas , Hidalgo , Puebla , Queretaro and San Luis Potosi , in this festival the opportunity to preserve and disseminate the values ​​, traditions and cultural expressions are huasteco . The Amatlán village is located in the north of Veracruz , three kilometers from the junction with federal highway 180 between Tuxpan and Tampico.

The northern part of the entity is characterized not only by the natural beauty and its rich cuisine has, but by culture and tradition that this region promotes , fosters and preserves through different events every year have emerged as important attractions for tourism and Veracruz that place as a unique destination to live and enjoy , as in the case of the Feast Huapango Annual Meeting of the Huasteca , which annually takes place in Los Naranjos, Amatlán .

This festival has its origin in the year 1990, when teacher David Celestine Isaacs , along with researchers from the Universidad Veracruzana , musicians , cultural promoters and Huasteca traditional dancers came together to create a forum for expression of the cultural manifestations of that region in order to rescue and preserve this musical , and poetic dancístico .

The last weekend of November, the people are prepared to live three days of festivities huapanguera with folk dance, musical trios, minstrels, craftsmen and decimeros who work with cultural promoters and researchers have succeeded in promoting and preserving the huapango youth , adults and the younger generation.


The 23 editions already held without interruption of the meeting of the Huasteca have emerged as the best space huapango expression and regional culture.

For over two decades, this popular meeting and expression are central and Huasteca culture leaves a testament to the work in the cultural field develops in the region and the state through a festival as iconic as the annual Feast of Amatlán Huapango . The XXIV edition of the annual Festival Huapango be held from 22 to 24 November.

Source: Coordinación General de Comunicación Social del Estado de Veracruz



The man and the sky sharing colors. Zozocolco Balloon Festival.

Imagine like heaven and men communicate with color and joy. You can’t miss it !

This weekend the town of Zozocolco continue the celebrations of Day of the Dead with an event that includes spectacular paper balloons that measure more than 20 meters high.

During the first days of November Zozocolco from 8 to November 10, this town located in northern Veracruz state, celebrates its traditional Paper Balloon Festival of China. Throughout this unique event contests as these floating produced more than three thousand sheets of paper from China. These crafts , which can reach more than 20 meters high , rise against the churchyard of St. Michael the Archangel , giving life to a colorful spectacle worth witnessing .

Each year , young and unleash your creativity to make these true patiently popular artworks . From the smallest, starting with eight sheets balloons, to sizes that match the height of the atrium of the church, are part of this traditional festival. In addition, visitors have the opportunity to learn to make their own paper balloons taught workshops to over a weekend, under the guidance of local artisans themselves.

The strong influence of the Huasteca over this region is palpable in the sample of trios potosinos and huapangueadas the contest immediately invited to dance at the zozocolqueños. If you are an expert in verse and prose, you can participate in the contest skulls, verses from the Mexican town of mischief and humor, or if you prefer, you admiring the variety of altars of the dead who remain on public display for the occasion of the Day dead. And at night, be sure to join Zozocolco residents to raise your balloon with dozens of these airships.



Complement your visit with a walk through the cobblestone streets of this town that retains much of its traditions inherited from their ancestors totonacos and leverages for its near Papantla, earth and vanilla cultivation.

– The geographical location has given it Zococolco lush surrounding nature. Meet crystal clear pools are hidden here.

– Enjoy the cuisine of the region that die zozolqueñas hands squeeze the flavor of your fingers and you take to Mexico on the palate.

– Part of the wonder of this place lies in its people, many of which retain their original language: Totonac. We invite you to talk to one of them, especially the elderly, to learn an occasional expression in this beautiful language.

– Know it Franciscan style church dating from the seventeenth century


Jesús Virrueta

Source: Mexico Desconocido