Dance at Mexico's Guelaguetza festival

30th Apr 2013

The summer holiday season is nigh and July is definitely a good time to take a trip to Mexico.

The country plays host to umpteen festivals in the ensuing months, with a wide variety of themes to cater for all tastes.

Those people who like to slip on their dancing shoes and feel the rhythm might want to visit Oaxaca, where the Guelaguetza dancing festival takes place every year and draws the crowds.

If this tickles your fancy, then clear the latter part of July in your schedules for the festival - the 81st of its kind - takes place on Monday, July 22 and Monday, July 29 this year.

Each year the wonderfully diverse cultures of Oaxaca, which is located on the south coast of Mexico, celebrate the different traditions and cultures of their people. Participants wear traditional clothing and perform folk dances. Once they have strutted their stuff, they throw goods indigenous to their region into the crowd.

If dancing does not appeal, there is always the contest in which one woman is chosen to represent the corn goddess Centeotl. This is no beauty contest, however, for the winning female is the one who knows the most about the traditions of her community.

Other events that take place at the festival include concerts, exhibits, conferences and a fair at which numerous alcoholic drinks can be tried.

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