EVENTS AND TRADITIONS

HOTEL ABU, YOUR HOME IN THE HEART OF TRADITION
With our excellent location you can enjoy the main festivities of the City of Oaxaca. We consider high season all representative festivities such as, Easter, Guelaguetza, The Day of the Dead, night of radishes and December parties such as Christmas and New Year´s Eve.
Tejate Fair

Every year between the last days of March and the beginning of April

In San Andrés Huayapam, known as¨ the Tejate Fair¨, around 200 producers of this exquisite drink participate in this fair. Tejate is a drink made with toasted corn, fermented cacao beans, pixtle (toasted and ground mamey pits), and cacao flowers, which are ground into a paste that's mixed with water and stirred by hand into a smooth mixture. It is also known as the drink of the gods, for being used in religious ceremonies by the Zapotecs.
Samaritana Day

April 28 th

The state of Oaxaca is the only state in the country that celebrates the traditional ¨Samaritana¨, where a biblical passage is remembered and water is given in the atriums of churches, schools and all kinds of businesses. The most typical flavors are Horchata de arroz with walnuts and Chilacayota (Chilacayota is a type of stringy squash that is grown in Oaxaca), there are other flavors such as Jamaica, Tuna, Cucumber, Coconut, Lemon with Chia, among others.
Holy Week

From March 22 th to April 25 th

During these days different activities are celebrated, such as the visit of the Seven Houses (Churches) to make way for the Dolores procession that takes place on Good Friday where you will see images and banners from the colonial era. Finally, during these holy days representations of the passion of Christ are observed in various places in the Central Valleys such as San Juan Chapultepec, Jalatlaco and the Ex-Marquesado.
Guelaguetza

July 20th and July 27 th

Year after year this event is held, where the representative delegations of the state regions offer their dances and harvests; This celebration takes place Only two Mondays in the month of July in the Guelaguetza Auditorium, in Cerro del Fortín, however, throughout the month there are several festivities such as the Parade of Delegations, the Legend of Princess Donají and the Fair of the Mezcal.
Legend Donají

July 19 th and July 26 th

Legend has it that the princess "Donají" was the daughter of the Zapotec king "Cosijoeza", whose capital of her domain was in Zaachila, her name means "big soul" and when she was born, a priest from Mitla deciphers the sign of the fatality predicting that she would sacrifice herself for the love of her Zapotec people.
Mezcal Fair

From July 20 th to July 29 th

The Mezcal Fair was born in 1997, with the support of the main mezcal brands in the State of Oaxaca. For more than a decade, the mezcal industry in the State of Oaxaca has had considerable growth, today there are more than 100 registered brands in the market.
Day of the Dead

From October 31 rd to November 02 th

In Oaxaca the celebration of the Day of the Dead is so ingrained that it is the perfect opportunity for the living to live with their loved ones. The relatives try to have on their tables everything that their deceased loved ones liked in life, so it is essential to have meals such as moles, sweet potatoes, rice, and fruit such as cane, tangerines and peanuts.
Radish Night

December 23 th

La Noche de Rábanos is a clearly popular festival in which the gardeners and flower growers exhibit their special designs made with the radish, the immortal flower and the totomoxtle. This event brings together practically all the inhabitants of the city in the zócalo area (main square) , who attend in order to admire the creativity of the participants in this annual contest.
Calendas and Treats

All year

As a popular joy, the calendas of Oaxaca cannot be missing in the celebrations that take place in the entity, the calendas in Oaxaca, whose origin dates back to the 16th century, are manifestations where the population is invited to the gathering and celebration of great events such as the patron saint festivities, baptisms, weddings and graduations.
Comparsas

November 01 th and November 02 th

The traditional comparsas are a kind of parades in which a night pilgrimage is announced through a small bell. the groups include a musical band and famous rockets who at every step launch rockets into the sky announcing the arrival of the beloved deceased, almost at the end of the group are the porters, people especially responsible for collecting the food they receive from the altars.