Thursday, December 5, 2019

Parral to Canutillo

We left the HoJo parking lot in Parral at around 10 for a leisurely drive to Canutillo, about 50 miles south. Canutillo is a small village of about 600 people, according to several online sources, and was the last hacienda of Poncho Villa. The hacienda has been turned into a museum in his honor. The Church of the Immaculate Conception is attached to the end of the hacienda, and it just so happened that the feast of the Immaculate Conception was being celebrated in the village during our visit.

After we settled in, we had a chance to participate in a small parade of schoolchildren and their parents around the village commemorating the feast day. The parade ended in front of the church where the children and several adults performed a few dances, while someone periodically set off fireworks.

View of the Pancho Villa museum with attached church. When we arrived, a group of women were just finishing up washing the church floor in preparation for celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate  Conception.

Church of the Immaculate Conception

We followed the parade of parents and schoolchildren for a little while as they made their way around the village dancing and praying. 

This young man in a mask circulated around the children as they performed their dance, occasionally twirling his whip.

At the conclusion of the dance, the children and parents went into the church for another ceremony and sermon that went on for about an hour.

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