Fiestas de San Lorenzo

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Evangeline D Chavez 2010

The 317th Annual Fiestas de San Lorenzo is celebrated in Bernalillo, New Mexico for three days  honoring the town’s patron saint. Festivities included the traditional Matachines dances, which depict tales of good overcoming evil.

The dance-drama of Los Matachines is an ancient tradition in the Hispanic Southwest. It is one of the very few dances shared by both Hispanic and Native peoples.

The main characters are the Los Monacos, dressed all in  white, Los Abuelos, white shirts, black pants, , Los Toros, the bulls, Los Capitanes, white shirts, black pants, with the whips, Las Malinches, young girls in white represent purity, Los Danzantes, the dancers with tall headpieces, called “cupiles, ” with colorful ribbons and religious pictures.”

~ by Evangeline Art Photography on August 10, 2011.

2 Responses to “Fiestas de San Lorenzo”

  1. It is always good to see your awesome work. D, I love your photography.

  2. Lovely photos, Evangeline. Thank you so much for letting the rest of us share in this fascinating event. I’ll google it to learn even more about the story being told. I remember going to a similar event in Tucson, but I can’t remember what it was called. It was around Easter.


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