A wedding in Oaxaca

By Michelle Alten

The Baroque ecclesiastical Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman in the city of Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico. Photos: © Wolfgang Kaehler, http://phototours.us

On our research trip in Oaxaca, Wolf and I sat on a roof-top terrace overlooking the church of Santo Domingo de Guzman.  As the sun set, we sipped our mescal cocktails, gazing out on the lights and bustle of the city and the activity in the square below.  Suddenly we saw that people were gathering outside the church for a wedding.  Giant bride and groom puppets, dancers in eye-popping dresses, and a smartly attired mariachi band appeared. “Let’s go!” Wolf said. We joined the festivities as city folk and tourists alike gathered for the spectacle.  When the bride and groom, along with their entourage, emerged from the stunning baroque church, fireworks erupted, trumpets sang, and the entire square burst into celebration.

Women dressed in a regional costume and giant puppets dressed as a bride and groom during a Calenda, a procession on the Plaza Santo Domingo, celebrating a wedding in the city of Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico. Photos: © Wolfgang Kaehler, http://phototours.us
Fireworks and giant puppets dressed as a bride and groom during a Calenda, a procession through the streets of downtown Oaxaca, celebrating a wedding in the city of Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico. Photos: © Wolfgang Kaehler, http://phototours.us

It is said that Santo Domingo and Oaxaca is a wedding hot spot for couples from Mexico City.  We hope to see one of these elegant and stunning events on our trip next year!  Join us for this amazing experience!

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