Traditional festivities In Uruapan
Uruapan and nearby towns, including Tancítaro are referred as the “World Capital of the Avocado” Uruapan being the second most important city of Michoacán. Its name comes from the Purépecha word “Uruapani” whose meaning is “place of abundance for flower and fruit”. Thanks to its mild climate and lush vegetation it is a suitable place for agriculture.
Uruapan is a place full of culture and has a wide gastronomy. Its main crafts are masks and wood made handicrafts, as well as others called laca, jícara, bateas and rebozos.
One of the most important festivities occurs during the holy week when there is a Fair meant to preserve and spread the patrimonial wealth of the indigenous communities.
Something characteristic in the indigenous populations of Michoacán is that their settlements are divided in regions called “Barrios” each having a patron saint. There is a total of 9 barrios:
- La Magdalena
- San Miguel
- San Pedro
- San Juan Evangelista
- Saint John Baptist
- The three Kings
- The Holy Trinity
- San Francisco
- Santo Santiago
The most important festivities in Uruapan are:
- Celebration of Palm Sunday
- June 24. Patronal Festival in honor to San Juan Bautista.
- June 29. Patron saint’s day in honor of St. Peter and St. Paul.
- July 22. Patronal Festival in honor of Mary Magdalene.
- July 25. Patronal Festival in honor of the Apostle Santiago.
- July 26. Patronal Festival in honor of Santa Ana.
- August 10. Patron Saint’s Day in honor of San Lorenzo.
- September 29. Patronal Festival in honor of San Miguel.
- October 4. Patronal Festival in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.
- November 1st and 10th. Celebration of the Day of the Dead.
- 22 Nov. to 15 Dec. Avocado Fair, agricultural, commercial, industrial, livestock and cultural exhibition.