Summer is fiesta time in baja sur with the kids out of school and home from college. Each village has a few days set aside to celebrate…usually on the Saint’s birthday the town was named after. Here in Bahia Asuncion, our Traditional Fiestas are held around the 15th of August, the feast day of the Assumption of Mary, that celebrates the day that God assumed the Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life into Heaven. This year’s fiesta will be held starting Aug.15-18th.
The first day of the fiestas, the statue of Mary is removed from her pedestal in the Catholic Church and paraded through the village as well as taken in a panga around Asuncion Island. The parade leads about 100 horses in a Cabalgata which is like a car rally but with horses where the cowboys and girls don their fancy western attire. Horses come from far and wide to participate and there are usually over a hundred riders. The procession ends at the church where the participants are blessed and a feast follows. In the evening, the queen of the fiestas is crowned at the opening ceremony, fokloric dancers and other performers take the stage and a dance follows with a live band.
The Fiesta last for 4 days chocked full of events for the whole family. There are beach sporting events, a fishing tournament on Sunday Aug.18 for yellowtail open to the public. The entrance fee i 500 pesos for panga fishing for yellowtail and shore fishing fees are 50 peos for kids, 80 pesos for teens and 100 pesos for adults. You must be present at the meeting at 500 on Saturday Aug.17 and have a fishing license. Cash prizes are awarded in several catagories, adults, kids in panga and shore fishing. First prize for yellowtail is 50% of the inscriptions, 2nd prize is 30% and 3rd prize is 20%. The fish is cooked up afterwards at a big community BBQ with live music too.
There are horse races on Aug. 17 & 18th, rodeos, car & motorcycle races on Aug.18th as well as a midway with rides for the kids and food booths every night. There is music everywhere with roving bands at the events as well as big dances every night with 2 live bands.
Here is a little video of past fiestas.