Festivals in Oaxaca!!!

Experience and learn about our Oaxaqueño traditions by visiting us during one of our special days of celebration.

Semana Santa (Holy Week)

This holiday coincides with the celebration of Easter in the US.    Macedonio Alcalá, a pedestrian only street for the first three blocks North of the Zócalo , is the scene of the Procession of Silence.  Many churches in Historic District come together displaying their patron saints and virgins in this silent procession.


3rd and 4th Mondays during the month of July
The word Guelaquetza is of Zapoteco origin represents the action of offering, sharing and celebrating.  This is the most important celebration in Oaxaca.  Guelaguetza is a lavish, colorful celebration where groups representing each of the 8 ethnically different regions of the state of Oaxaca reunite in the capital city, Oaxaca de Juárez.  The representatives of each region dress in their traditional clothing and perform dances unique to their region.   Token gifts are brought by each delegation to share with the crowds.  The Guelaguetza is also known as “Los Lunes del Cerro” or “Moons of the Hill”.   The heart of the performance is located at Cerro del Fortin, a hill dominating the center of the city.    The performances are held in the auditorium on Cerro del Fortin, which is located only 10 minutes from our hotel.

Fiesta de Muertos (Celebration of the Dead)

November 1st and 2nd
This is another very important celebration for Oaxaqueños.   It is celebrated and expressed throughout the streets of central Oaxaca.  You can appreciate the decorations  of flowers, unique offerings displayed for departed loved ones, unusual artwork  and special foods that abound  during this celebration.

Noche de Rábanos  (Night of the Radishes)

December 23rd
This exhibition and contest began in 1897 and although it only lasts only one night it draws thousands to the Zócalo to view the exhibits.  Teams and professional artisans from throughout the area begin in the morning assembling elaborate and amazing displays carved from specially grown giant radishes.  Although the radish is the primary artistic medium, dried flowers and corn husks are also used. The exhibitions are judged late in the day and the winner takes home a cash prize and has his or her picture in the paper.

Nights of Calenda  

We are not lacking in religious celebrations here in Oaxaca.  Throughout the year you are likely to witness processions sponsored by individual churches  accompanied by music, flowers and sometimes gigantic paper maiche puppets.


Hotel Casa Pereyra

Av. Independencia No. 304
Centro Historico, C.P. 68000
Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca.

Telephone: 51 60248
E-mail: casapereyra@yahoo.com.mx